Capacity crowd hears Santana speak in ILS lecture series

In front of capacity crowd of more than 800, legendary musician Carlos Santana spoke at Dominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Fall Lecture Series in partnership with Book Passage on December 4.

The singer, songwriter, and guitarist, who has sold more than 100 million records and entertained more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide, appeared at Dominican in conversation with Emmy award-winning KGO TV ABC news anchor Cheryl Jennings to discuss Santana’s long-anticipated memoir The Universal Tone.


For more information or to purchase The Universal Tone, contact Book Passage in Corte Madera by calling (415) 927-0960 or visiting

One of the most influential and celebrated artists of all time, Santana has won 10 Grammy awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999’s Supernatural. He also has won three Latin Grammy awards. He has been honored at the Kennedy Center, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and been given a Lifetime Achievement Award at Billboard's Latin Music Awards.

This year, with the release of his first-ever Latin Music album Corazon, Santana surpassed The Rolling Stones and joined Barbra Streisand as the only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one Top 10 album for six consecutive decades.

Santana’s performing career has spanned Woodstock in 1969 to the World Series in 2014 where he and his son, Salvador, played “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Game 4 at AT&T Park. Recently, Santana has been performing at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

The Universal Tone is a profoundly inspiring tale of divine inspiration and musical fearlessness that does not balk at finding the humor in the world of high-flying fame. It speaks plainly of Santana's personal revelations and the infinite possibilities he sees in each person he meets.

The speaker series, a cooperative effort between Dominican’s Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage, features some of the country's leading figures in the field of business, politics, entertainment, academia, and literature. The series has educated and entertained thousands of Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area residents.

All lectures are open to the public. Free parking is available on campus in the nearby Conlan Center parking lot at the intersection of Acacia and Grand avenues.

The Institute for Leadership Studies’ Fall 2014 Leadership Lecture Series is sponsored by Private Ocean, the oldest and largest privately-held wealth management firm in Marin County. Private Ocean’s commitment to community service has been a driving force behind its support of the lecture series, now in its 11th year.