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New York Philharmonic For Cuba

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 10, 2009: The New York Philharmonic may perform in Cuba later this year.

The New York Times reports that orchestra president, Zarin Mehta, and other top officials of the organization are set to travel to Cuba today to look at possible concert halls and hotels.

The Philharmonic has received licenses to travel there, in light of the United States embargo. The show, according to the paper, could be on Oct. 30th and the trip could last for four days.

`It`s important that we fly the flag,` Mehta was quoted as saying. 

The New York Philharmonic last year traveled to North Korea, which was a first for any major orchestra.

The Cuban invitation came in the wake of the North Korea trip but Mehta insists the Cuba trip is a non-political `cultural exchange.`