A quintet of classical musicians from Tampa, Florida, is in Cuba for a performance and workshops with local students.
Florida Orchestra principal oboist Katherine Young says the musicians have met with teens from a conservatory on the island and were impressed by their sophistication.
They are scheduled to perform later Friday at a historic church in Old Havana.
Washington's nearly 50-year-old economic embargo bars most American travel to Cuba, but such cultural exchanges have increased under President Barack Obama.
Young said a shared love of music can "help bridge the gap" between citizens of the two Cold War foes.