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US Blockade Affects Art Teaching in Holguin
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The teaching of music at the José María Ochoa Conservatory in the province of Holguín faces limitations caused by the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for more than 50 years.

Ana Margarita Cordiés, director of the institution, said that the blockade bans the purchase of items for stringed and wind musical instruments, including springs and contrabasses and trombones pads, which must be bought through third countries.

To face this situation, international agreements are established with countries in Europe and Asia, including China and Germany, although the costs of transportation are high, Cordiés said.

A grand piano currently costs $ 65,000, a flute 428 and a clarinet 584, prices that would greatly reduce with the elimination of the US genocidal policy towards Cuba, said the directive.

Despite the limitations imposed by the blockade, in the current school year each student has an instrument for their preparation, one of the main achievements of artistic education in the Caribbean country.

The Conservatory of Music pays tribute to composer José María Ochoa, author of the Holguin Hymn, released on May 17, 1870, a call to achieve Cuba's independence through the armed struggle against Spanish colonialism.

Ochoa also created masses, marches, danzones, waltzes and pasodobles, and was master of piano, violin, saxophone, trombone, clarinet, flute, cornet and solfeo.

Written by ACN

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