Press Release For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story - Legendary Grammy winner performs music from his autobiographical movie live to film - October 1

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Legendary 10-time Grammy winner performs music from his autobiographical HBO movie live to film with
Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and special guests

Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 8 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Tickets: $45, $55, $75, $125*


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Miami, FL – August 10, 2022 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is proud to kick off its 17th season with FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY: THE ARTURO SANDOVAL STORY on October 1 as part of its 2022-2023 LIVE AT KNIGHT series. ARTURO SANDOVAL (@arturo_sandoval_arocha), legendary Cuban trumpeter, composer, 10-time Grammy winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, will perform music from his autobiographical HBO film FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY: THE ARTURO SANDOVAL STORY live with the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC’s HENRY MANCINI INSTITUTE ORCHESTRA (@frostschoolum) and special guests while the digitally remastered movie plays on a large screen. This special one-night-only performance will be under the direction of acclaimed music director and concert producer ANGEL VELEZ (@a.n.g.e.l.v.e.l.e.z).

The film, courtesy of HBO, stars Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia, Mia Maestro, three-time Grammy winner Gloria Estefan and Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Charles S. Dutton and is based on the incredible true story of one man’s ultimate dream, freedom.  

The 2022-2023 LIVE AT KNIGHT series is supported by Spirit Airlines, BACARDÍ, Epic Hotel and Café Bustelo.

Tickets to FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY: THE ARTURO SANDOVAL STORY are $45, $55, $75 and $125* and may be purchased at the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at

Digitally remastered for the big screen, FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY: THE ARTURO SANDOVAL STORY is a classic love narrative set amidst the struggles of one man’s search for freedom during the height of the Castro regime but standing as a symbolic universal beacon of hope and solidarity for the inalienable rights of liberty for all. Twenty-two years following the film’s release, its story speaks to a new generation, Cuban and not, bringing hope and unity in the fight against injustice and surrounded by the joy of musicmaking by one of the world’s greatest musicians.  

A protegé of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of 12, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, and is a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars, the Grammy Awards and the Billboard Awards. Sandoval has won 10 Grammy Awards and been nominated 19 times. He has also received six Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award. The latter was for his composing work on the score of the HBO movie based on his life, For Love or Country, which starred Andy Garcia as Arturo. His two most recent Grammy Award-winning albums, Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You) and Tango Como Yo Te Siento, were released in 2012.

His compositions can also be heard in movies such as Clint Eastwood’s The Mule and Richard Jewel; 1001 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story, starring Beau Bridges; At Middleton, starring Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga; and Dave Grusin’s soundtrack for Havana and Random Heart. For more information, go to

Angel Velez is one of today's most sought-after conductors for film and television and guest conducting for pops concerts around the world having given world premiere concert performances for hits such as Captain Marvel, Green Book, Tom and Jerry in New York, The Book of Boba Fett and many more.  In addition to his work in the studios of Los Angeles and as conductor of the Santa Monica Chamber Orchestra, he has served as music director for the Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival, American Society of Cinematographers Awards, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Miss World 2021, one of the largest televised events in the world.  

He has produced concerts such as Silent Films Live, Star Wars: Past and Present and the upcoming HBO film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story starring trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval and actor/producer Andy Garcia live in concert in Miami.  He has recorded for the Varese Sarabande and Sudwestrundfunk labels and continues to work in the entertainment industry on shows such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels, Family Guy, Jane the Virgin, The Mandalorian and many others, including the upcoming MGM superhero film Samaritan starring Sylvester Stallone. For more information, visit

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*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit for up-to-date information.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.


Set in the heart of downtown Miami, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is committed to welcoming and connecting ALL people to the arts, to the Arsht Center and to each other. Our stages are alive year-round with artists from around the world, innovative programming from our resident companies and local arts partners, free community events that reflect Miami’s unique identity and arts education experiences for thousands of Miami children each year.

Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has been recognized as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area, a leader in programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, a host venue for historic events and Miami’s hub for arts education.

Each year, we serve more than 60,000 young learners and offer more than 100 culturally diverse and inclusive education programs — many enhanced by the Arsht Center’s relationship with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, local teaching artists and Miami-based arts organizations.

The Arsht Center is also a home stage for three resident companies — Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony — and a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage. Our 300+ events each year include the Center’s Signature Series of classical, jazz, Broadway, local theater and much more. We present a robust series of touring Broadway musicals direct from New York, the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival and an award-winning Miami-based theater program. In addition, our Family Fest, Free Gospel Sundays, CommuniTEA LGBTQ+ celebration and Heritage Fest are among dozens of free events that bring together people from all corners of our community. For more information, visit

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