Hello friends—I have some good news to share!
As long-time readers of my blog know, for most of my life I’ve balanced two equal passions: a deep fascination with the Latin America and a love of music. I’ve alternated between these two passions in terms of study, employment and recreation since my days as a very wee lad.
Well… these two seemingly different fields of interest are about to combine.
The Minnesota Orchestra is scheduled to tour to Cuba in May—the first major cultural exchange of its kind since President Obama announced a new era of rapprochement between Cuba and the United States.
I’m thrilled to announce that I have been selected as one of the press members accompanying the Orchestra and reporting from Cuba!
I will be working with MinnPost, an outstanding media outlet based in Minneapolis that has fantastic coverage of the arts and cultural scene here in town. I’m hoping to provide reports from the road, along with a wrap-up.
It is an unbelievable opportunity—one that I would never have believed possible a year ago—and I am bouncing off the walls in anticipation!
But I could use your help.
As I am not (yet!) a member of the major media and don’t have the extensive resources of the major outlets around town, I will be financing the trip on my own. Members of the press are offered a discounted price to participate, but even so this trip will be pricey.
And so I have a favor to ask of all of you.
Have you enjoyed my writing over the last couple of years? Have you laughed at my behind-the-scenes anecdotes? Have you felt that my stories have brought you closer to the music? Are you excited to read my dispatches from Cuba?
If so, I invite you to consider making a donation of any size to my GoFundMe page that I’ve set up to help finance this tour. The total cost to the program with fees, and additional expenses is $5,250, and I’m putting up $1,000 of my own money to begin. Will you help fund the remaining $4,250?
With this support, I’ll be able to bring you up close to the action, and let you share in the excitement more or less as it unfolds.
One final note. As I’m posting this, I have not formally been given my journalist visa from the Cuban government. I don’t foresee a problem, but the departure date is fast approaching and I want to be ready. If there is any change of plans, rest assured that all contributions will be returned.
Thank you for your support!