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Musical Cuba! 

Redwood Arts Council celebrates Cuban chamber music

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It began as a series of home concerts embracing chamber music in the North Bay, and now the Redwood Arts Council marks 35 years and hundreds of shows featuring the world's finest players. This week, the organization throws a spectacular anniversary event titled "Mysterious, Musical, Delicious Cuba!"

It's no secret that Cuba has long been a forbidden fruit for Americans, though Obama recently lifted travel restrictions to the communist nation. And it's not just the cigars. We love the music, the food and the allure of Cuban culture, and this concert goes deep into the country's arts.

A cultural and historical presentation opens the event, as SSU history and global studies professor Tony White offers context to the musical and culinary experience to come. Then the acclaimed Walden Chamber Players join forces with classical guitarist Oren Fader (pictured) for a showcase of celebrated Cuban chamber music. This invigorating show includes pieces by influential Cuban composer Ignacio Cervantes and conductor and guitarist Leo Brouwer. A dinner of authentic Cuban cuisine and delicacies cap off the night. All proceeds benefit the Redwood Arts Council and its ongoing mission to bring the world's best chamber music to the North Bay.

"Mysterious, Musical, Delicious Cuba!" takes place on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. 2:30pm. $100. 707.542.7143.

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