Quinteto Latino is a non-profit performing arts Organization that is expanding the cultural boundaries of classical and contemporary music, making that music available, relevant, and inspiring to entirely new audiences.
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Quinteto Latino is a San Francisco Bay Area wind quintet with a mission to build community through Latino Classical Music: performance and advocacy. Founded in 2004 by French horn player Armando Castellano, this unique ensemble aims to expand the boundaries of a classical music tradition, commonly perceived as predominantly Euro-American, by performing works exclusively by Latino composers. Through our varied and innovative work in venues both traditional and nontraditional, we strive to make this music available, relevant, and inspiring to audiences across cultural, class, and ethnic lines. In addition, we use our organization as a tool to advocate on behalf of Latino composers and classical musicians through mentoring, commissioning, hiring and being a voice, both regionally and nationally, for issues around diversity and classical music.

We are committed assembly and teaching artists, having worked with students of all ages and ability levels in both English and Spanish. 2015-2016 residencies include San Rafael’s Enriching Lives through Music Program (funded by Chamber Music America), an instrumental based program serving the Canal District, as well as a Spanish language residency at San Jose’s River Glen (Spanish Immersion).

Our debut CD was released in 2011, Cien Años de Música Mexicana para Quinteto de Alientos/100 Years of Mexican Music for Wind Quintet. In October 2013, we hosted a Festival of Latin American Chamber Music, which involved concerts & community events in 4 San Francisco Bay Area cities where over 100 students and 17 professional chamber musicians, composers and musicologists participated from all over the world. Recent tours include Bronx NY, Tulsa OK and Virginia Beach VA. 2016-17 tours include Iowa, Illinois and Maryland. 2016-17 major projects include collaborations with San Juan Based Chicano theatre company Teatro Campesino and a commission by Latina composer Gabriela Lena Frank.

Quinteto Latino champions Latino/a and Latin American composers as an essential part of a classical music tradition commonly perceived as predominantly Euro-American. Through commissioning and research, we advocate for more awareness and performances of new and existing works.
As mentors and partners, Quinteto Latino works with other arts and educational organizations to help address ongoing racial and economic disparities within the professional classical music field. Young players of color need to know they’re not alone.
Beyond performing formal chamber music recitals, Quinteto Latino also regularly engages culturally and economically diverse audiences in community centers from East San Jose to the South Bronx. They have performed literally hundreds of school assemblies in San Francisco and throughout Northern California.
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Diane   Kyle   leslie Shawn armando


Don't have your own copy of our CD yet? Get yours from Amazon, CD Baby or iTunes! 100 Years of Mexican Music for Wind Quintet - Quinteto Latino

Read Maria Nockin's glowing review of our CD, 100 Years of Mexican Music for Wind Quintet in Fanfare Magazine! >