MUSE/IQUE Artistic Director Rachael Worby is at it again, presenting a dramatic and intimate Conversation with legendary jazz artist Arturo Sandoval at the Pasadena Rose Palace. Scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 4 the event will also offer patrons a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of the Rose Parade floats and a pre-event reception.
“Worby, celebrated in the orchestral community for her wide range of repertoire, exuberant style and versatile command of musical genres has long admired Sandoval. When looking for an exciting artist to follow up the dazzling inaugural concert of MUSE/IQUE, the “Maestro” as she calls him, immediately came to mind. Through playing and conversation, Worby hopes to enlighten and engage her listeners in a non-traditional way and celebrate a musical connection with them. The repertoire will be spontaneous and of Sandoval’s choosing with accompanying dialog preceding or following each piece.
“And this event promises to be an exciting evening with an extraordinary artist. Sandoval will be playing piano for this event and the audience might hear him burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and soothe with a luscious ballad, all with equal power and grace.
“Arturo Sandoval began to play music at age 13 in the village band. After playing many instruments, he fell in love with the trumpet. In 1964, he began three years of serious classical trumpet studies at the Cuban National School of Arts. By the age of 16 he had earned a place in Cuba’s all-star national band. After military service, Sandoval co-founded the band Irakere with Chucho Valdés and Paquito D’Rivera. They quickly became a worldwide sensation. Their appearance at the 1978 Newport Jazz Festival introduced them to American audiences and garnered them a recording contract with Columbia Records.
“While still in Cuba, Sandoval was influenced by jazz legends Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, and Dizzy Gillespie, finally meeting Dizzy later in 1977. Gillespie promptly became a mentor and colleague, playing with Sandoval in concerts in Europe and Cuba and later featuring him in The United Nations Orchestra. In 1990, Sandoval defected to the United States while touring with Gillespie in Spain, and became a naturalized citizen in 1999. Sandoval’s life was the subject of the 2000 TV film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, starring Andy García.”
Tickets for An Intimate Conversation with Arturo Sandoval are $45 and are limited for this event. Seating will be available but not reserved. Visit www.muse-ique.com. For questions or help in purchasing tickets, call 626-539-7510.
Pasadena Rose Palace is located at 835 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, California.
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