- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Members of the Minnesota Orchestra are on their way to Cuba - making a historic trip with political implications.

The orchestra is the first from the U.S. to perform in Cuba since President Barack Obama revealed his desire in December to normalize relations after half a century. The nonstop flight to Cuba Wednesday is also the first from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

The flight arrives in Havana on Wednesday afternoon.

The orchestra will perform two concerts at Havana’s 2,000-seat Teatro Nacional on Friday and Saturday. The repertoire includes Beethoven’s Third Symphony. Orchestra members will also visit a high school and a conservatory, where they will play alongside young musicians.

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