Office of the President

September 15, 2017

Welcoming the Cuban all-female orchestra, Camerata Romeu *UPDATE* Performance canceled

Ana Mari Cauce

Update: The Camerata Romeu performance has been canceled due to complications resulting from Hurricane Irma.  Notification and refund  information will be sent to ticket holders.


Event Details

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Date: Monday, Sept. 25 | 7:30pm

Price: $25 – $35

Venue: Meany Theater

As the country where I was born and where my family came from, Cuba is a deeply special place to me, and my heart always beats a little faster when I hear the unmistakable rhythms of Cuban music. This past January, while visiting Havana as part of Alaska Airlines’ inaugural flight, I had the privilege of attending a performance by the all-female string orchestra, Camerata Romeu.

Even in Cuba’s crowded field of musical talent, this group of young women stands out. Their sound combines the flavor and rhythms of Cuban music with the richness of classical instrumentation. Their performance was inspiring and moving, which is why the University of Washington was proud to join the city of Seattle and invite them to our campus this month for a one-night-only performance, their only west coast appearance before they are hosted at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Camerata Romeu

Cuban string orchestra Camerata Romeu

Creating opportunities to experience other cultures is integral to our mission and I can’t think of a more enjoyable way to experience a slice of Cuba than attending this performance. I continue to hope for a future of closer ties between the peoples of our two countries. Moments of cultural exchange like this are the surest path to that goal.

I’m looking forward to Camerata Romeu making their Seattle debut at Meany Hall on September 25.  I’m even more excited to be there surrounded by our community of friends, alumni, employees and students. I hope to see you there. I’ll be the one dancing next to my chair.