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“He said they have to wait months to get a reed, and here I’ve just given them 20,” he said.

Future plans for the exchange include sending the orchestra’s music director to conduct Cuba’s National Symphony in early 2012 and bringing his counterpart to Tampa as part of the Masterworks series, spokeswoman Sherry Powell said.

“Eventually we hope to send the entire Florida Orchestra,” Powell added.

Young said she was awed by Havana’s sweeping sea views and storied but crumbling architecture, and floored by her interactions with Cuban people.

“This has been a life-changing opportunity for us,” she said.



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