The performance stems from a spring 2016 trip to Cuba in which Bell was part of a delegation of performing artists on a U.S. government-led cultural exchange. Besides Bell, performers will include members of that delegation such as Dave Matthews, as well as artists they met in Cuba, including the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, conducted by Daiana García; and Carlos Varela, known in Cuba as the "Poet of Havana." They will perform a range of selections ranging from Vivaldi to Piazzolla (both composers wrote their own "Seasons.")
Bell told us in an October Violinist.com interview after the trip that he was impressed with the music he found in Cuba. "I knew there was classical music in Cuba, and I'd heard that they had good training there," Bell said, "but it exceeded my expectations."
He described popular Cuban musician Carlos Varela as "a musician who is kind of their local hero, sort of like Bob Dylan is to Americans. He's very revered, and his way of making music is poetic, very much like Bob Dylan."
While you have the TV on, you might also want to check out Mozart in the Jungle, which just launched a new season December 9th in which you'll also find guest appearance by Bell.
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