MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Orchestra is getting ready to make history.

Friday night is their first of two concerts in Cuba.

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The musicians have been tuning up and rehearsing for the shows in Havana.

They have also been practicing with high school and college students.

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The orchestra jumped at the opportunity to visit Cuba after President Obama announced plans to restore relations back in December.

“It’s a great honor for us to be the first North American major orchestra visiting here,” Musical Director Osmo Vanska said. “We are ambassadors of art, ambassadors of Minnesota, and that’s a great honor for us.”

Friday night’s concert at Havana’s National Theater starts at 7 p.m.

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You can hear it live on Minnesota Public Radio’s classical radio station.