Bronx high school students bring sounds of tropics to museum

Jazz master Paquito D'Rivera and students from the

Jazz master Paquito D’Rivera and students from the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music perform pieces celebrating the diversity of the Caribbean in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

By Maria Alvarez  Special to Newsday  May 13, 2017 | Soggy New Yorkers took a respite from the rain to listen to music from the Caribbean under the iconic whale at the American Museum of Natural History on Saturday afternoon.

Several hundred people packed the Manhattan museum for “Los Sueños del Caribe” program, where the tropical sound of steel drums and classic Spanish boleros were performed by Bronx high school students and Grammy Award winning musicians.

More than a 100 elite students from the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music performed songs and recited slam poetry that connected their Caribbean culture to its natural world of wetlands, frogs, breezy beaches and birds.

Cuban jazz artist and Grammy-winning composer Paquito D’Rivera — with his band of piano, bass, drum, trumpet, flute and steel drum — performed with student musicians as student poets expressed their love and connection to nature and their Caribbean heritage of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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