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Quinteto Latino shows

March 17 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Quinteto Latino at the Mazza Castle.

The Mazza Castle Salon Series welcomes Quinteto Latino, a one-of-a-kind San Francisco Bay Area-classical music ensemble.

Sunday, March 17 · 4 – 7:30pm
Location: The Mazza Castle
900 Mirador Terrace Pacifica, CA 94044

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Quinteto Latino is a one-of-a-kind San Francisco Bay Area-based 501(c)3 organization driving social change in the classical music industry.

We seek to break the racial and social barriers that have long existed in the classical music world by spotlighting and performing classical music compositions by Latino artists, empowering emerging Latino classical musicians, and providing culturally-competent K-12 classical music education and training to students and music practitioners.



About band:

Paquito D’ Rivera: Wapango

Gabriela Ortiz: Puzzle-Tocas

Gabriela Lena Frank: Mitos, Suite Dramatica para Quinteto de Vientos (y actores)

Orlando Jacinto Garcia: múltiples vientos en la distancia

Victor Márquez-Barrios: The Spanglish Dances.


Paquito d’Rivera is a native of Cuba who became a professional musician at a very young age. He was a co-founder of the Orquestra Cubana de Musica Moderna and later, with other Orquestra members, formed the group Irakere, “whose explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music revolutionized Latin jazz.” It was while he was a member of that Cuban jazz ensemble touring Europe in 1981 that he defected to the United States. Since then, he has balanced a musical career in the fields of Latin jazz and in what could be called a more “classical” field of chamber and orchestral works. As a result of his friendship with the legendary American jazz innovator, trumpeter, and bandleader, John Birks (“Dizzy”) Gillespie, d’Rivera became a founding member of Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra – a fifteen-member ensemble organized to “showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences into the jazz genre.” For his years of actively promoting Latin music, he has received several Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gabriela Ortiz is one of the foremost composers in Mexico today and one of the most vibrant musicians on the international scene. Her compositions are credited for being both entertaining and immediate as well as profound and sophisticated. Ortiz’s music has been commissioned and performed all over the world by prestigious ensembles, soloists, and orchestras, such as the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustavo Dudamel and Esa Pekka Salonen, the Kronos Quartet, Dawn Upshaw, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Southwest Chamber Music, the Tambuco Percussion Quartet, the Orquestra Simón Bolivar, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, among others. Recent premieres include Yanga and Téenek, both pieces commissioned by the LA Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, Luciérnaga (Firefly, her third opera) commissioned and produced by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and Únicamente la Verdad (Only the Truth, her first opera) with Long Beach Opera and Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico.

Philadelphia Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank was included in the Washington Post’s list of the 35 most significant women composers in history (August 2017). Born in Berkeley, California, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. Inspired by the works of Bela Bartók and Alberto Ginastera, Frank is something of a musical anthropologist. She has traveled extensively throughout South America. Her music is vigorous and colorful, reflecting and refracting her studies of Latin American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a Western classical framework that is uniquely her own. Winner of a Latin Grammy Award and nominated for Grammys as both composer and pianist, Ms. Frank also holds a Guggenheim Fellowship and a USA Artist Fellowship, given each year to 50 of the country’s finest artists.

Orlando Jacinto García has established himself as an important figure in the new music world through more than 200 works composed for a wide range of performance genres including interdisciplinary, site-specific, and works with and without electronics for orchestra, choir, soloists, and a variety of chamber ensembles. The distinctive character of his music has often been described as “time suspended – haunting sonic explorations,” qualities he developed from his studies with Morton Feldman among others. His music has been performed by important artists such as Joan La Barbara, Robert Dick, Bertram Turetzky, Luis Gómez-Imbert, Jan Williams, Joseph Celli, Odaline de la Martinez, the Gregg Smith Singers, and many orchestras in the Americas and Europe. García is the founder and director of several international festivals that include the New Music Miami Festival and the Music of the Americas Festival. He is the founder and artistic director of the NODUS Ensemble and the Florida International University (FIU) New Music Ensemble.

Victor Márquez-Barrios is a Venezuelan composer with an extended catalog of works that includes compositions for a variety of solo instruments, numerous chamber ensembles, mixed choirs, electronics, symphonic bands, and symphony orchestras. His music has been performed, published, and recorded by important soloists and ensembles from Latin America, the U.S., and Europe. Works by Márquez-Barrios have received performances at numerous international music festivals such as the Latin American Music Festival (Caracas), XVII Festival of Contemporary Music of Cuba, 20eme Festival Internacional de la Clarinette (Martinique), Hollywood Fringe Festival (Los Angeles), the World Saxophone Congress, and ClarinetFest 2018 (Ostend, Belgium), among others. Today, in parallel to his active career as a composer and guest lecturer, Márquez-Barrios teaches music theory and composition at Truman State University (Missouri), where he is also the founding director of Uncommon Practice, the University’s contemporary-music ensemble.

Estrellita is so beloved in Mexico and was written in such a compelling folk style, that it is often confused with a folk tune. This tender melody has all the charm of a love song but is actually an example of a style called Nostalgia Viva or “live nostalgia.” It was written in 1912 by the Mexican composer and music scholar, Manuel Ponce. Born in Zacatecas, México, Ponce was a musical prodigy, studying at México’s National Conservatory of Music and later in prestigious music schools in Italy and Germany. After studying with French composer Paul Dukas, Ponce began applying an impressionistic idiom to his works with concise structures and skilled counterpoint. He later developed a strongly nationalistic style and the composition of melodies such as Estrellita, A la orilla de un palmar, Alevántate, La Pajarera, Marchita el Alma and Una Multitud Más earned him the honorific title “Creator of the Modern Mexican Song.

Quinteto Latino is a regionally and nationally recognized classical wind ensemble based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 2004 by Armando Castellano, QL exists to disrupt long-standing racial and cultural disparities within the classical music field and drive this change by championing past, present, and future musical contributions by Latino/a/x composers and musicians. Recent premieres include The Spanglish Dances by Victor Márquez-Barrios (New Music USA’s Creator Development Fund), Mitos: Suite Dramatica para Quinteto de Vientos (y actores) by Gabriela Lena Frank, (Creative Work Fund), and C U Z A [four nocturnes for wind quintet] by Felipe Nieto-Sáchica (American Composers Forum). Previously commissioned composers include Guillermo Galindo, Chris Pretorius Gómez, José-Luis Hurtado, and Paul Desenne. Under the management of The Rhythm of the Arts, Quinteto Latino performs nationally and has been engaged by Quad City Arts – The Clarice (College Park, MD), Pregones Theater (The Bronx, NY), Musical Masterworks (New London, CT), and Virginia Arts Festival (Norfolk, VA) among others. Their debut CD, 100 Years of Mexican Music for Wind Quintet, was released by Con Brio Recordings in 2011.


Lesley Alegria

Program Coordinator at Quinteto Latino

www.quintetolatino.org | Let’s connect on LinkedIn!


March 17
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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