Jeff Multer, concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra, is flying to Cuba next week to play the Sibelius concerto and give masterclasses. It appears that there is an awful lot more going on by way of cultural exchanges than Washington can get its head around by way of policy change.
Tampa Bay Times reports: Under the U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba, the OFAC license is necessary for travel to the island. The orchestra didn’t announce next week’s trip until it had the travel licenses and Cuban visas in hand. The documents arrived from Washington on Thursday.
Michael Pastreich, CEO of the orchestra, said that next week’s trip wouldn’t have happened without the help of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and his staff. “They made a lot of calls on our behalf to get the licenses,” Pastreich said.