Adelante California: A Conversation With Jesus Palascencia

Friday, June 25, 2021

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11:09 AM
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Quinteto Latino
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Adriana Mirabal

Join us for California Adelante – a three-part discussion series with a diverse California native Latino composers, hosted by Armando Castellano, Music Director of Quinteto Latino wind ensemble and Founder/Director of the Latino Music Education Network. Composers will share tell their stories of living and working in California and their experiences as people of color navigating the world of classical music.

In our second webinar, we are thrilled to speak with composer Jesus Plascencia.

Mr. Plascencia is a San Jose California native. He has been involved in music all his life. He began his musical training in the 6th grade where he joined his schools beginning band as a trombonist. At the same time, he has been playing Mariachi music for over 20 years. Mr. Plascencia is a graduate from San Jose State University 2018. He earned his BM in music composition and education. He studied with renowned composers Pablo Furman and Brian Belet. In May 2018 Mr. Plascencia’s piece, “Cacophony of Voices,” was premiered by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra as the winner of the Allen Strange Memorial Composition Competition.

Currently, he is the director of Instrumental Music at Kerman High School in Kerman Ca. He is director of both bands and Mariachi ensemble, as well as general music and music composition. Mr. Plascencia continues to compose for a variety of ensembles and continues to teach music composition as part of his private music studio. He lives with his wife and two children who are also beginning their own musical experience.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

Admission for this event is free.

185 Seminary Drive 94025
Menlo Park, CA