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Philharmonic Cans Cuba Trip As Sponsors Can`t Get Travel Approval

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 2, 2009: The New York Philharmonic is canning its plans to perform in Cuba.

Orchestra officials say they have been forced to put their plans on ice for now since the U.S. government has not allowed its sponsors to travel to Cuba.

`The postponement is due to existing U.S. Government restrictions on travel to Cuba which would affect project funders and supporters, without whose financial support the trip is not possible,` the Philharmonic said in a statement on Thursday.

The orchestra had planned to travel to Havana from October 30 to Nov 2 to perform at two concerts.

Some 150 patrons and supporters had pledged to pay about $10,000 each to accompany the orchestra on the inaugural trip but the Treasury Department had not issued a final ruling on the donor travel request.

There is no category for donors to travel to Cuba under U.S. embargo rules in place since 1962.