12/8 Quinteto Latino
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. Quinteto Latino performers are Diane Grubbe on flute, Kyle Bruckmann on oboe, Leslie Tagorda on clarinet, Shawn Jones on bassoon, and Armando Castellano on french horn.