MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Orchestra is headed to Cuba this week in a trip that symbolizes the United States' new relationship with the Communist nation.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Orchestra is headed to Cuba this week in a trip that symbolizes the United States' new relationship with the Communist nation.

But it's also a sign of the orchestra's rebirth since a devastating lockout that lasted more than a year and left one of the country's best symphonies in tatters.

The orchestra finally settled its labor troubles a year ago.

After President Barack Obama announced plans in December to restore ties with Cuba after a half-century embargo, orchestra leaders saw an opportunity. They reached out to Cuban officials and were then invited to play at Havana's International Cubadisco Festival.

They'll be the first U.S. orchestra to perform in Cuba since Obama's announcement.