The Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra departed on its 11-day Cuba Tour earlier this week. The 57 youth orchestra members will give concerts in Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, and Havana.
“This is an opportunity that may not come again,” said Omid Zoufonoun, principal conductor of the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, who is leading the group.
The tour group includes 13 chaperones and 35 supporter tour members – donors, parents, additional family members, and friends.
The Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra has helped thousands of young musicians discover their passion for music through educational programs, cultural exchanges, and performance opportunities.
The orchestra has previously toured in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Cuba.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee expressed her support for the tour in a letter.
“It is my pleasure to extend my support to the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra as they embark on their exciting trip to Cuba,” she wrote. “I know this visit will inspire musical collaboration and social engagement for these young ambassadors.”
Orchestra is recognized as an outstanding Bay Area music program. The Youth Orchestra presents several classical and youth outreach concerts each season.
The orchestra consists of nearly 90 music students, ages 12 to 22, from 46 schools and more than 30 cities in the Bay Area.