The internationally acclaimed Borowsky Musical Family visited and performed in Cuba as part of a Central American tour entitled “Music: the Best Bridge for All People.”
The family ensemble spent most of their time in Cuba in and around Havana. Their concert itinerary was aimed at helping improve relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Performances were held in churches, schools, and community centers, including the Catedral de San Cristobal, Convent and Church of Our Lady of Belen (for for over 1000 senior citizens), and Instituto Superior de Arte. People of all walks of life filled the halls to maximum capacity and rewarded the American Virtuosi with standing ovations and long-lasting applause.
Pablo, a 20-year-old student from the ISA concluded, "Indeed, music is the best bridge for all people...what a masterful performance.” Clara, the owner of a small private restaurant added, “I hope that they will return soon!”
The Borowskys performed music by European, American, and Cuban composers as well as their own compositions. When performing their own medley, "Music from Around the World” the audience joined them, singing and clapping enthusiastically. Emmanuel Borowsky performed the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto leaving the audience dumbfounded by the musical fireworks.
At each performance Dr. Charles Borowsky proclaimed: "We hope and pray that our performances for the people of Cuba have been not only an aesthetic experience but also an inspiration that all of us share one world, one dream and one family.”
In addition to concert performances, each member of the Borowsky ensemble gave a masterclass for their respective instrument. Their serious dedication to music was apparent by the high level of play each student presented.
Recent years have seen an increase in cultural exchanges between the United States and Cuba, partially due to the Obama administration's encouragement of "people-to-people" contact between the two countries.