Friends University’s Jazz Ensemble I will be traveling to Cuba to perform as a part of the Havana International Jazz Festival, Dec. 20-24, 2012. The Friends group was the only college jazz ensemble from the U.S. invited to perform this year.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our students, and they are honored to represent Friends University, Wichita, the state of Kansas and the United States,” said Lisa Hittle, director of the Jazz Ensemble I.
The students will have the opportunity to perform three different times and will get to experience the art, culture, people and atmosphere of Cuba for five days and nights. Nineteen students will participate in the trip - for many it will be their first international travel experience.
The 28th Havana Jazz Festival is sponsored by the Cuban Institute of Music and organized by Chucho Valdes, a seven-time Grammy music winner. Throughout the festival, there will be live music performed by the finest jazz bands and soloists. There will be a variety of places to visit on the tour that allow visitors to see historic locations such as the Karl Marx Theatre, Casa del Alba and more.
Click here to view a KNSW TV story about the trip.
For more information about the Havana Jazz Festival, please visit www.authenticubatours.com/cuba-festival-tours/cuba-jazz-festival.htm.