I arrived in the United States for the WPI fellowship on the day of the reopening of the USA embassy in Havana. It was on August 14 and I was at the Houston airport waiting for my flight to the Twin Cities. CNN was broadcasting live this historical event, but nobody in the airport seemed to be very interested in the formal establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, even those who were all bored waiting two hours to catch a flight.
“No tickets available!” Everything is sold out till the end of October. That’s what I found in the website of the Minnesota orchestra, when I decided to get tickets for their concert on October 16th, my birthday. Even the big philharmonics of Europe might envy such an interest. But why?! Why an orchestra playing classical music in the American Northwest suddenly got so popular?