About Havana Time Machine
Nowhere else on the planet does the past inform the present and the future embrace the past with the energy and emotional power of today’s Cuba. “Havana Time Machine” will take PBS viewers on an intoxicating musical journey where past, present and future collide in a joyful celebration. A one-hour US-Cuba collaborative musical showcase, this performance-documentary will also provide fascinating context on the profound yet evolving cultural scene in today’s Cuba via evocative performance segments, hosted by the Grammy-winning and Cuban-born bandleader of “The Mavericks,” Raul Malo.
Join us for a free screening
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Clearwater, FL 33755
This event will be emceed by Dalia Colon, host of WEDU ARTS PLUS.
Michael Pastreich, President and CEO of Florida Orchestra
Michael Pastreich became the president & CEO of The Florida Orchestra (TFO) in October of 2007. During his tenure TFO has built one of the industry’s strongest artistic teams, with Music Director Michael Francis, Grammy Award-winning Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, and Tony Award-winning Principal Guest Conductor Stuart Malina.
In recent years, TFO announced the nation’s only multi-year collaboration with Cuba’s Music Institute of Havana, partnered with the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team to record new theme music Be The Thunder, joined forces with Naxos to make TFO’s first commercial recording, and became one of the nation’s most vibrant orchestras.
TFO’s finances also have significantly improved, as subscription sales increased in each season of his tenure, total paid attendance increased by 34% and the endowment increased by almost 80% to nearly $18 million.
Prior to his arrival to Tampa Bay, Pastreich was executive director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Illinois from 1996 to 2007. Pastreich earned his BFA in silversmithing from Washington University, where he studied under Heikki Seppä and was a Millican Scholar.
In 2014, Pastreich was featured by Musical America as one of 30 international arts leaders in their "Profiles in Courage."
Clay Ellerbroek, Principal Flute, Florida Orchestra
Clay Ellerbroek was named principal flute with The Florida Orchestra in March 2009 after serving as acting principal flutist beginning in the spring of the 2007/08 season.
Ellerbroek began his studies at age 13 in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Later, he studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he mentored with Leone Buyse and Paula Robison.
He performs regularly with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera and at the Mainly Mozart and Crested Butte music festivals. He has also been heard with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony and Mladi Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles as well as performed at Tanglewood, the Grand Teton Music Festival and La Jolla Music Society Summerfest. At the request of Maestro Jahja Ling, he also performed as acting principal flute for the San Diego Symphony’s 2005/2006 season.
He has been featured in a recording for Bridge Records of music by the composer Chinary Ung, which made The New York Times’ list of Records of the Year for 2009. In the fall of 2011, he performed in Cuba with The Florida Orchestra Principal Winds Quintet as part of TFO’s historical and ongoing cultural exchange with the island nation.