MN Youth Symphonies land in Cuba for tour

MN Youth Symphonies headed to Cuba

MINNEAPOLIS - They say practice makes perfect and that is exactly what two violinists did as they found an empty spot outside of their gate at MSP Airport and proceeded to play for curious passengers.

The musicians were part of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies, which include the best high school musicians in the state. On Saturday, the group traveled to Cuba, as part of a historic country-wide tour that includes four concerts in one week.

"We're playing two-and-a-half hours of music. We’re really excited because we love playing this music," said Thomas Castle, a soon-to-be senior at Forest Lake Area High School. "We've had Saturday morning rehearsals for three hours every Saturday for the whole year."

The group will be meeting and performing alongside Cuban student musicians as well as professional musicians. 

Addison Nichols, who is homeschooled, intends to embrace this incredible experience.

"I don't know if I'll ever go back to Cuba. I don't know what the future holds, so I want to embrace this," Nichols said.

The group will also make stops in other cities outside of the capital, including Santiago, where Fidel Castro's ashes are buried.

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