Afro-Cuban Jazz Great Arturo Sandoval to Inaugurate New Clark Art Auditorium

Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Cuban-born Grammy Award-winner Arturo Sandoval and his band bring their distinctive Afro-Cuban sound to the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, November 12, as part of the Clark’s opening weekend celebration of its newly renovated Manton Research Center. The concert inaugurates the Clark’s newly renovated auditorium, which features state-of-the art sound systems and acoustics, upgraded seating, and new support facilities that make the space fully accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Trumpeter and bandleader Arturo Sandoval is a 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, a ten-time Grammy Award winner, an Emmy Award winner, and a six-time Billboard Music Award winner. He is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the University of Notre Dame.

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, in 1949 — just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences to American jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve; he has evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist, and composer.

His two latest Grammy Award-winning albums are “Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)” and “Tango: Como Yo Te Siento.” In his recently released CD, “Eternamente Manzanero,” Sandoval performs the music of revered Mexican pianist and singer Armando Manzanero. His 2014 book, “Dizzy Gillespie: The Man Who Changed My Life,” chronicles his relationship with the legendary jazz performer.

A pre-concert party begins at 6:30 pm in the Manton Research Center. Tickets are $75 for admission to the party (cash bar) and general seating tickets to the concert, or $150 for admission to the party (open bar) and preferred seating at the concert. Sandoval’s performance begins at 8 pm. To reserve, visit or call 413 458 0524.


The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit Clark Art Institute or call 413 458 2303.


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