Alta HavanaCome early for a pre-show art-making activity for kids!

Saratoga Springs, NY (July 26, 2022) — The Tang Teaching Museum is proud to announce that Alta Havana will perform traditional Cuban music as part of the acclaimed summer concert series Upbeat on the Roof on Thursday, August 4. The music begins at 6 pm on the lawn outside the Tang. A drop-in art-making activity for kids begins at 5:30 pm.

Alta Havana was founded in 2018 by Jorge Gomez, music director and founder of multi-Grammy-nominated Cuban band Tiempo Libre, when he moved from Miami Beach to Saratoga Springs. Comprised of musicians Angel Dueno, Miguel Santiago, William A. Rodriguez, and Gomez, Alta Havana creates music based on the roots of traditional Cuban music—such as son, cha-cha-chá, bolero, and rumba, with the goal of bringing the public an authentic Cuban party where they can dance and sing along.

The art-making activity for kids is new this year. Children aged 5-12 are invited to arrive at 5:30 pm to get creative and make art with Tang Education Intern Paul Seggev ’23, the Carole Marchand ’57 Endowed Intern. For this week, kids can join in creating a world of chalk on the pavement outside the Tang Museum! Collaborate with others in making a sprawling display of colors, patterns, characters, and more. All materials will be provided, and no registration is required.

Performances take place on the lawn outside the Tang and are free and open to the public. Visitors are invited to bring picnic blankets, camping chairs, and their own food and drink to make it a night. Free parking is available off Perimeter Road, next to the museum. In case of rain, both the art-making activity and concert will move indoors. Upbeat events continue every Thursday through August 18.

The Museum will be open before and after the concert. Visitors are invited to view:

For more information, call the Tang Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 or visit  

About the Tang Teaching Museum

The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. A cultural anchor of New York’s Capital Region, the Tang’s approach has become a model for university art museums across the country—with exhibition programs that bring together visual and performing arts with interdisciplinary ideas from history, economics, biology, dance, and physics to name just a few. The Tang has one of the most rigorous faculty-engagement initiatives in the nation, and a robust publication and touring exhibition program that extends the museum’s reach far beyond its walls. The Tang Teaching Museum’s award-winning building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of art and ideas. The Museum is open to the public Thursdays from noon to 9 pm, and Fridays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. The Tang is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active military and their families this summer through Labor Day.

Image Caption: Alta Havana, courtesy the artists

Media contact:

Michael Janairo

Head of Communications

Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College