Coming Soon: A Musicfest With Our Cuban Sister City

24 Sep

The Cuban Cultural Festival is coming to the University of Puget Sound (UPS) campus in early October, offering the public a rare opportunity to hear free, live performances by Cuban orchestral musicians and to attend cultural talks by visiting scholars. Don’t miss this chance to experience musical collaborations between artists from our sister city of Cienfuegos, Cuba, and musicians from the Northwest Sinfonietta, UPS, and the University of Washington – Tacoma (UW-T). This event is supported by funding from UPS’s Catharine Gould Chism Fund.

From Monday, Oct. 8 to Thursday, Oct. 11 the South Sound will host visiting members of Orquesta de Cámara Concierto Sur (Concert Chamber Orchestra of the South). On Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 pm in Schneebeck Concert Hall at UPS, a Cuban musical ensemble will present workshops and perform a free concert that will span from Baroque to Renaissance to contemporary music and include a representation of authentic Cuban music.

Northwest Sinfonietta will host three public concerts from Friday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 7. These much-anticipated musical performances will be followed by four days of public events and cultural talks from Monday Oct. 8 to Thursday, Oct. 11. UW-T will present the final festival concert on Saturday, Oct. 13. Find more information at:, and

Located on Cuba’s southern coast, 160 miles from Havana, the port city of Cienfuegos has been Tacoma’s sister city since 2000. Known as La Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South) for its natural beauty and architectural treasures, Cienfuegos has a population of approximately 130,000 and is the third largest port in the country.

UPS will host free lectures on Cuban theater, literature, and contemporary culture; plus, musical recitals and master classes with Puget Sound faculty and students. Tickets to festival events are not required and all are welcome to attend. Details will be available shortly at:

Orquesta de Cámara Concierto Sur. Photo courtesy of UPS


Monday, Oct. 8, 7–8:30 p.m., School of Music, Room L1
Violin Master Class hosted by Maria Sampen and presented by violinists Mónica Gonzáles Rodríguez, Oscar Rolando Piñero Rodríguez, Emiliya Victorovna Bondarenko, and/or José Antonio Díaz Adelit.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9–10:30 a.m.; School of Music, Room L6
Cello Master Class hosted by David Requiro, and presented by Isabel Cristina Palli Puente.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 12–12:50 p.m.; Noon Recital Hour; School of Music, Room L6
Cuban Popular Music, a recital hosted by Keith Ward, and presented by Tamara de la Caridad Codorniu Delgado.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4–5 p.m.; Wyatt Hall, Room 101
Cuban Reality During the Last Ten Years of the 20th Century as Seen Through the Writings of Abilio Estévez: a public lecture hosted by Monica DeHart and presented by Indira Rodriguez Ruiz.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 5:15–6 p.m.; School of Music, Room 106
Piano Master Class: Cuban Music for Piano hosted by Duane Hulbert and presented by Vivian Rodríguez Sánchez.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7–8:30 p.m.; Wheelock Student Center, Murray Board Room
The Founding of “El Monólogo en Cuba”: talk will focus on entrepreneurial issues in the founding of this organization; hosted by Lynnette Claire and presented by Miguel Rafael Cañellas Sueiras.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30–9 p.m.; Schneebeck Concert Hall
Cuban and Classical Music by Orquesta de Cámara Concierto Sur (Concert Chamber Orchestra of the South). The Orquesta de Cámara Concierto Sur is comprised of talented graduates of the Instituto Superior de Arte (National Art School) in Havana, and professors at the Benny Moré School of the Arts in Cienfuegos, Cuba. It is regarded by many as the finest orchestra in the region.

Directions at

For accessibility information please contact or 253.879.3236.

 Tweet this: Cuban Cultural Festival @univpugetsound with Orquesta de Camara Concierto Sur and talks. Oct. 8–11. Free to all!


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