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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
NY Labor Chorus Performs at Havana´s John Lennon Park
Havana, Cuba, Apr 25.- The NY Labor Chorus performed on Saturday at Havana´s John Lennon Park with the presence of the President of the Cuban Parliament Ricardo Alarcon.
The former union leaders sang the movement´s traditional songs like “There is Power in the Union”, “Do You Hear the People Sing”, and “Imagine”.
They were accompanied by the members of the Mariana Gontich Singing Academy.
Before the performance the head of the NY Labor Chorus, Barbara Bailey told the audience that they were in Cuba to build a bridge of friendship between both peoples. She added that its time to change the US policy towards Cuba.
At the end of the performance the members of the NY Labor Chorus and Ricardo Alarcon surrounded the John Lennon statue sitting on a bench in the park and sang songs like “We Shall Overcome”.
Also attending the performance were Culture Minister, Abel Prieto; First Vice President of the Cuban Friendship Institute, ICAP, Enrique Roman; Cuban singer/songwriter Silvio Rodriguez, members of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five among other guests.
The NY Labor Chorus is made up of former union leaders that arrived to the island last Sunday. They also carried out an intense program which also included performances in Matanzas, Pinar del Rio and at the St. Francisco de Asis Basilica in Old Havana accompanied by the Cuban National Chorus directed by Digna Guerra. (acn).
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