US Blockade Prevents New York Philharmonic from Performing in Cuba

The statement, signed by musical director Alan Gilbert and by other executives of the prestigious orchestra, points out that they had to make this decision "due to existing US government restrictions on travel to Cuba which would affect project funders and supporters, without whose financial support the trip is not possible."

"The New York Philharmonic extends its thanks to the people and government of Cuba for their invitation to perform in Havana," the text read and added that "the New York Philharmonic intends to reschedule these concerts when travel restrictions for project funders are resolved."

Concerts had been scheduled for October 30 to November 2.

The New York Philharmonic was invited by the Cuban Culture Ministry and during their stay in Cuba they would hold contacts with music students that would attend the orchestra's rehearsals.

In February 2008, the New York Philharmonic performed in North Korea, a country that has no diplomatic relations with Washington.

Report at Radio Rebelde, Cuba