The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will perform in Alabama this week.
The Cuban group will play at the 1,100-seat Opelika Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday during its first tour of the United States and Canada.
The 75-member orchestra has been traveling the United States by bus since Oct. 16. It's playing in other cities including Chicago, New York and Kansas City, Mo.
The Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/Yb7hLB ) reports that the performance will feature an array of classical Cuban and American pieces, including American composer George Gershwin's "Cuban Overture" and a special performance of his "Rhapsody in Blue" featuring piano soloist Nachito Herrera, who lives in Minnesota.
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