Los Angeles' Young Men's Ensemble embark on a tour of Cuba amidst warming ties between former Cold War foes Washington and Havana. Deborah Lutterbeck
A Los Angeles children's chorus is helping to bring down old Cold War tensions between Cuba and the US with an 11-day tour of the island nation amidst a historic detente. Under the direction of Steven Kronaur, the Young Men's Ensemble (YME) will be teaming up with local Cuban choir before they take to the stage for a series of concerts. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF U.S. YOUNG MEN'S ENSEMBLE, DR STEVEN KRONAUER, SAYING: "I think music is something that bonds everyone, and the glory of the opportunity to share with music with other choirs from Cuba, and to share through the hearts and soul of music, and learning about the Cuban music for us, and perhaps (for them) learning about the American music we've brought as well, it's a wonderful opportunity to be together." This is the first time the chorus group has toured a Cuba and choir memebr Henry Brooks says the timing could not be better. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MEMBER OF U.S. YOUNG MEN'S ENSEMBLE, HENRY BROOKS, SAYING: "I absolutely think our visit to Cuba is very representative of what's happening right now in terms of politics between the United States and Cuba. We've had fifty some years of separation and I think that's coming to a close. And one of the ways that we're closing it is through music, and so I am excited to be part of that beginning of this new brotherhood. The Young Men's Ensemble will perform a series of concerts in Cuba until June 21.