Bard Conservatory 2016 Orchestra Tour of Cuba
The Bard College Conservatory believes in the power of music and the power of young people to create bonds that will endure and open doors for long-term understanding and collaboration. This summer concert tour combines music and youth as a powerful way to build positive and lasting relationships between the two countries. “With the recent opening up of the United States to Cuba, we see this as an exciting opportunity to establish new ties between our students and the young people of that country,” says Director of the Bard Conservatory of Music Robert Martin. “The tour is happening now, as the pace of relations with Cuba quickens, because we feel we can play a positive role, through music, in affecting the way that the relationship between our counties develops.” Over the past ten years, the Bard Conservatory has established close connections for student exchange and concert tours with China, Venezuela, and Hungary, and aims to foster similar collaborations in Cuba and other Latin American countries, building new ties among Bard Conservatory students, who come from 16 different countries, with the young people of Cuba and Latin America.