Paquito D'Rivera: The Magical World of the Clarinet

The legendary Cuban musician partnered with a clarinet ensemble to present his favorite music for the woodwind instrument.

Paquito D'Rivera is a legendary musician in the worlds of Latin jazz and classical music, as a composer and instrumentalist. He is a NEA Jazz Master, multi-Grammy Award winner, and recipient of countless international awards. D'Rivera is also one of the great clarinet players of his generation, with a seven-decade career in Cuba, the United States, and the world. 

For his return to Music of the Americas, Paquito created a tribute to his beloved instrument and its music, with original pieces and arrangements for a clarinet ensemble that includes some of his closest collaborators.


Paquito D'Rivera, Michelle Camargo, Juan Ruiz, Claudia Hernández, Scott Robinson, David Gould, Andrew Hadro, Diana Álvarez, Christopher Cullen: clarinets

Camila Cortina: piano 

Takafumi Nikaido: percussion


The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor MetLife Foundation. 

The Spring 2023 Music program is also supported, in part, by the Howard Gilman Foundation, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

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