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Fiesta! with Elbio Barilari
The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to continue our offering of one-hour series of Fiesta!, with Uruguayan-born composer and host Elbio Barilari.
Fiesta! is a new, original production devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to your listeners.
The acclaimed composer, musician, performer, and professor Elbio Barilari is the host and creative force behind this series. He invites listeners to enjoy and learn about the lively and compelling sounds of Latin American classical music.
Fiesta! provides a valuable platform for the sound, culture, and history of classical music in Latin America. Barilari enriches our listeners by introducing them to a genre that does not typically receive much exposure. Fiesta! fosters an appreciation for Latin American classical music and creates a meeting place for listeners of diverse backgrounds.
Fiesta!, says the Uruguayan-born composer Elbio Barilari, features the hottest Latin-American music from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Mr Barilari, a faculty member of the University of Illinois at Chicago, is at the helm for this trip through the hidden pleasures of Latino concert music, including the magical rhythms of Silvestre Revueltas and Heitor Villa-Lobos and the power of symphonic tango. Plus, the series shares little-known treasures from the Latin-American Baroque, and celebrates classical guitar through the music of Agustin Barrios, Antonio Lauro, and Leo Brouwer.
Fiesta! is available free of charge to all stations for 1 broadcast!
FIESTA! with ELBIO BARILARI
Broadcast Schedule - Winter/Spring 2014
Please Note: These programs are subject to change.
PROGRAM #: FST 13-40
RELEASE: January 5, 2014
Three Maverick Composers
Cuban Julián Orbón, Venezuelan Antonio Estévez, and Uruguayan Abel Carlevaro were three 20th century Latin American composers that refused to be constrained by the trends and fashions dictated by European, "avant-garde" composers. For that very same reason, their contributions took a while to be appreciated.
Julián Orbón: Tres Versions Sinfónicas: Pavana, Organum, Xilófono (20:56) (Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar
de Venezuela, Eduardo Mata, conductor)
Antonio Estévez: Amanecer en el llano (Sunrise on the Prairie) (07:17) (Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de
Venezuela, Eduardo Mata, conductor)
Abel Carlevaro: Concierto para Guitarra, No. 3 (Chamber Symphony of San Francisco, Jean-Louis Leroux,
PROGRAM #: FST 13-41
RELEASE: January 12, 2014
Musical Zoo: the Animal Kingdom in the Music of Latin America
Latin America, with its rainforests, mountains, plains and wetlands, has originated a large number of songs and instrumental works dedicated to the animal kingdom.
"Pajarillo," (little bird) is a very famous Venezuelan folk melody. Omar Acosta and Jorge Montilla have written their own versions.
The Uirapuru is a bird from the Amazon rainforest famous for its beautiful singing. This program already featured the two pieces Heitor Villa-Lobos dedicated to this creature. His friend and disciple Camargo Guarnieri also wrote a full scale symphony entitled "Uirapuru" and dedicated the work to Villa-Lobos.
"Palomita Blanca" means "little white pigeon." Arguably this is the most famous waltz from Rio de la Plata.
Omar Acosta (Venezuela, b.1960): Solo de pajarillo (Solo of the Little Bird) (03:30) (Ysmael Reyes, flute)
Jorge Montilla (Venezuela, b. 1970): Registro de pajarillo (Range of the Little Bird) (03:32) (Jorge Montilla, E-flat
Anonymous from Perú: El Cóndor pasa (Flight of the Condor) (03:57) (David Burguess, guitar)
Ariel Ramírez (Argentina, 1921-2010): El perro (The Dog) (01:47) (Polly Ferman, piano) Vicente Greco
(Argentina,1886-1924): El cuzquito (Little Mutt) (03:46) (Orquesta Imperial)
Camargo Guarnieri (Brazil, 1907-1993): Sinfonia No.2, Uirapuru (29:27) (Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao
Paulo, John Neschling, conductor)
Anselmo Aieta (Argentina, 1896-1964): Palomita Blanca (Little White Pigeon) (02:30) (María Luisa Rayan, harp)
PROGRAM #: FST 13-42
RELEASE: January 19, 2014
Concert Music from Colombia
Today we present the diverse music from the northwest corner of South America, Colombia. This music represents the cosmopolitan culture of Bogotá, but also comes from Columbia's mountains, plains, and both coasts.
PROGRAM #: FST 13-43
RELEASE: January 26, 2014
Orchestra Works of Piazzolla
Astor Piazzolla is world famous for revolutionizing the field of nuevo tango, by integrating jazz and classical elements into the traditional tango form. More obscure though, are his purely classical works, so we are exploring those today.
Astor Piazzolla: Suite for Oboe and String Orchestra (Camerata Bariloche, Andres Spiller, conductor)
Tres Movimientos Sinfonicos (Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, Juan Jose Mosalini, conductor)
Suite Punta del Este (Camerata Bariloche, Daniel Binelli, bandoneon)
PROGRAM #: FST 13-44
RELEASE: February 2, 2014
African Fiesta! A glance across the Atlantic Ocean
We cross the Atlantic to visit the musical flavors of Africa that so influenced the music of the Americas.
PROGRAM #: FST 13-45
RELEASE: February 9, 2014
One for all, all for one
A program featuring significant Latin American chamber works.
PROGRAM #:FST 13-46
RELEASE: February 16, 2014
The Golden Era of Spanish Music: A visit to the court of Austrian Spain
Sacred and profane music, from a time when the sun never set on the Spanish Empire!
PROGRAM #: FST 13-47
RELEASE: February 23, 2014
Music of Teresa Carreño, Manuel Ponce, Roque Cordero, and José White
Distinguished composers from Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, and Cuba.
Theresa Carreño: Vals Gayo (Clara Rodriguez, piano) Nimbus 6103
Manuel Ponce: Concierto del Sur (Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Alondra de la Parra, conductor)
Roque Cordero: Eight Miniatures for Small Orchestra (Chicago Sinfonietta; Paul Freeman, conductor) Cedille
José White: Etude No. 6 (Rachel Barton Pine, violin) Cedille Records 61
Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez: Batuque (Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela) Dorian 90254
PROGRAM #: FST 13-48
RELEASE: March 2, 2014
Latin American Symphonic Poems: Painting with Sounds
The free and colorful genre of the Symphonic poem has been especially attractive to several generations of Latin American composers, from the Romantic era to the present.
PROGRAM #: FST 13-49
RELEASE: March 9, 2014
In 3/4: Latin American Waltzes
Transplanted from Europe and infused with different flavors, the waltz became one of the most popular and lasting rhythms in Latin American music.
PROGRAM #: FST 13-50
RELEASE: March 16, 2014
Born around 1880 in Buenos Aires and Montevideo as dance music, by the 1940?s the tango was introduced to the concert hall. A significant body of chamber tango has been written since that time.
PROGRAM #: FST 13-51
RELEASE: March 23, 2014
Latin American Music Based On Literary Sources
Dazzling colorful music based on literary sources, and related to Latin American Native and Afro American traditions.
Nicolás Guillén: Sensemaya (poem) (Nicolás Guillén, voice)
Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemaya (Aguas Calientes Symphony Orchestra Mexico/Barrios) Naxos 8.55917)
Antonio Carlos Gomez: Son Giunto In Tempo, Il Guarani (Placido Domingo, tenor; Beethovenhalle Orchestra, Neschling, conductor) Sony 66273
Carlos Rafael Rivera: Popol-Vuh (Four Mayan Scenes for Orchestra) (USC Thornton Symphony, Carlos Rafael Rivera, conductor) Private collection
Elbio Bariliari: Alturas de Machu Picchu (Orchestra Philharmonica de Montevideo) Private collection
Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez: Batuque ((Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela) Dorian 90254
PROGRAM #: FST 13-52
RELEASE: March 30, 2014
The second anniversary of Fiesta! as a nationally syndicated radio program was celebrated with a musical extravaganza featuring Cuban superstar Paquito D?Rivera, the Kaia String Quartet and a brilliant roster of guest musicians. This concert was also part of NPR?s Toast Of The Nation.
PROGRAM #: FST 14-01
RELEASE: April 6, 2014
Music for Holy Week
Featuring guest Musicologist Robert Kendrick University of Chicago Musicologist Robert Kendrick visits Fiesta! to present an overview of Spanish and Latin American music for the Holy Week.
PROGRAM #: FST 14-02
RELEASE: April 13, 2014
The Forgotten Music of Villa-Lobos
For all his fame, live performances of Heitor Villa-Lobos symphonies and piano concerti are extremely rare. Fiesta! revisits the sources of this amazing musical stream.
PROGRAM #: FST 14-03
RELEASE: April 20, 2014
An Argentine in Hollywood