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Holguin: Concert to Mark 133 Birthday of Aviles Orchestra
The Aviles Orchestra will celebrate the 133 years of its foundation with a huge concert to take place today at 03.00 p.m. (Havana time), in front of the headquarters of the Holguin province branch of the Cuban Writers and Artists Association (UNEAC).
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The world's oldest orchestra playing popular music wills interpret pieces composed by local songwriters, and other composers.
Pieces composed by Holguin born musicians are included in the concert, among them hits "Alma con alma" by Juanito Marquez and "Mi querido Holguin" by Manuel de Jesus Leyva (Koko).

The Aviles Orchestra feels excited about the new anniversary foundation; its musicians mean they want to be full part of every artistic event organized in their hometown, ad feel proud of playing for an orchestra that has amused dancers in three straight centuries.

Maestro Gaston Allen, that is a trumpet player that conducts this celebrated Jazz Band for over 20 years, he has been playing there for about 40 years.

The Aviles Orchestra was founded in October 16th, 1882 by Manuel Aviles Lozano, 12 of his children and his cousins Jesus, Segundo and Walfrido Aviles Urbino – members of the Cuban Independence Army.

The musicians of the Aviles Orchestra made a stop in the 19th century to join the Cuban Independence Army.

They participated in the War of 1895; later they entered the band that accompanied the troops of Antonio Maceo in the invasion from the country's East to the West.

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