NY Philharmonic postpones Cuba tour

October 1, 2009 11:42:54 AM PDT
The New York Philharmonic says it is postponing a planned trip to Cuba because of U.S. restrictions on travel to the communist country. An orchestra spokesman says the Philharmonic had received approval from federal agencies for its musicians and staff to go to Havana.

But spokesman Eric Latzky says the U.S. Treasury Department determined that current regulations prevented the orchestra's patrons from going on the trip, which had been planned for Oct. 30-Nov. 2.

Latzky says the orchestra could not afford the seven-figure cost of the trip without the patrons.

He says the orchestra is prepared to reschedule the trip as soon as possible if the government allows the funders to go.

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