Fiesta! Latin-American Music with Elbio Barilari

Saturdays at 7:00 pm
Fiesta! Latin-American Music with Elbio Barilari

Explore the diverse traditions of Latin American and Iberian music.

Fiesta is a weekly classical music program devoted to Latin American and Iberian music from the 16th to 21st century, and brings artistically and historically significant compositions and artists to its listeners. Acclaimed composer, musician, and professor Elbio Barilari is your guide on this adventure through a rich musical landscape. We invite you to enjoy and learn about the lively, compelling, and rarely-heard treasures of Latino classical music from around the world. Interviews with composers, conductors, and musicians enrich the music. Previous guests on Fiesta have included Eduardo Fernández, Carlos Kalmar, Piotr Nawrot, and José Serebrier.

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Chamber Tango

October 21, 2017

Tango was born around 1880 in Buenos Aires and Montevideo as dance music, but by the 1940ʼs it was introduced to the concert hall. Since then tango has inspired many composers to write concert music for this globally popular dance. We will feature some of the masters of tango including Astor Piazzolla, Luis Pasquet, and Aníbal Troilo.

Miguel Del Águila: Uruguayan-American Composer

October 14, 2017

Host Elbio Barilari, speaks with his fellow countryman Miguel Del Águila about composing music in the 21st century, his early life in Uruguay, and his music output.  We will also feature some of his recently recorded pieces by the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Hat Trick Trio, and the TransAtlantic Ensemble.

Spain and Latin America on Six-Strings

September 30, 2017

Spain and Latin America are the homeland of the guitar. Nurtured by the Spanish inheritance as well as the African sense of rhythm and the Native American melodies, Latin American guitar music has given a treasure of music to the world. Fiesta features a selection of works music reflecting different roots and tendencies in the music for the guitar.

Mexican Soundscapes

September 16, 2017

Together with Brazil and Cuba, Mexico is one of the powerhouses of Latin American music. With roots in the native cultures as well as in the Colonial period, Mexican music shows an extraordinary vitality and a variety of colors and soundscapes. This hour we will share some of the biggest names in Classical music as well as some composers you ...

September 11th Remembered by Latino Composers

September 9, 2017

It has been said that the 20th century did not start until 1914 with World War I. The 21st century started on September 11th of 2001. Fiesta will feature Latin American works that reflect on this day that changed our perception of the world in which we live.

The Invention of Morel: A New Opera by Stewart Copeland and Jonathan Moore

September 2, 2017

Fiesta’s host Elbio Barilari sits down with composer Stewart Copeland (co-founder and drummer of The Police) and librettist/director Jonathan Moore about their world premiere of their new opera The Invention of Morel at Chicago Opera Theater.  Based on the book by Argentine author, Aldolfo Bioy Casares, Elbio will speak to our guests about the influence of Latin American music and themes on their opera. ...

Music from Cuba

August 26, 2017

Cuba is, and it has  always been since the Colonial period, one of the powerhouses of music in this side of the Atlantic. In this edition of Fiesta! we visit (or revisit, in some cases), the music of a handful of Cuban composers born between the 30’s and the 50’s: Héctor Angulo (b.1932), Carlos Fariñas (1934-2002), Paquito D’Rivera (b.1948), Andrés ...

Superstring Theory

August 19, 2017

This program of Fiesta showcases music for string quartet and string instruments in different combinations. We will highlight some of Latin America’s most important and influential composers. Enjoy the vitality and beauty of rarely heard Latin American and Spanish string music.

Choros N.10 & N.12 – Masterpieces by Heitor Villa-Lobos

August 12, 2017

Continuing our exploration of Heitor Villa-Lobos’s monumental Choros series.  Here we have the Choros N. 10 and N. 12 two of his symphonic tributes to this Brazilian musical style.

Choros N.11 – A Masterpiece by Heitor Villa-Lobos

August 5, 2017

The gargantuan Choros No.11, by Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of the most ambitious works ever written for the combination of piano and orchestra. We will feature this epic work in it’s entirety.

Gypsy Music and Gypsy Influences

July 29, 2017

Several thousand years ago the forebears of the present day Gypsy people left India. Their descendants have spread throughout the world and their cultural influence is still very vibrant, especially around the Mediterranean. Flamenco music has nurtured the inspiration of Spanish composers, even before Albéniz and continues to inspire composers of today.

Elbio’s Desert Island Picks

July 22, 2017

If you could only pick an hour of music to listen to the rest of your life, what would it be? Host, Elbio Barilari, will share with us some of his favorite music and composers. This is music he doesn’t he could live without! From Silvestre Revueltas to Astor Piazzolla let’s listen to some of Elbio’s Desert Island Picks.

Music from Venezuela

July 15, 2017

Venezuela has a wealth of concert music, from the romantic period and into the 21st century. Fiesta will bring its audience to a musical tour on Venezuelan musical history. From Teresa Carreño to Alfredo Rugeles, we will present over 150 years of rarely heard music.

Modern Harpsichord

July 8, 2017

The harpsichord sounds, to most ears, as an instrument exclusively related to music from the Baroque period. Spanish and Latin American composers from the 20th century, however, have written many pieces dedicated to the venerable instrument.

Esta Tierra Es Mi Tierra: Latino Composers Reflect on the American Experience

July 1, 2017

Both, US born Latino composers and composers that migrated from Latin America have written music reflecting the American experience in all its nuances.  On this episode of Fiesta, we will share music about the immigrants’ journey and life in the United States. And our host, Elbio Barilari, will speak about his own experiences coming to America as well as other ...

Brazilian Gala

June 24, 2017

In this program of Fiesta we present a luxurious tribute to the most beloved Brazilian popular songs. Featuring the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Sao Paulo and Banda Mantiqueira performing traditional choros and sambas. Among the featured composers are Villa-Lobos, Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Pixinguinha and many more. Enjoy this music with no boundaries, where classical and popular music ...

Postcards from South America

June 17, 2017

Natural, urban and human landscapes have inspired composers throughout history. Fiesta features some of the most fascinating postcards from South America. We will feature music from Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil!

Best of the Latino Music Festival 2016

June 10, 2017

The Chicago Latino Music Festival is the biggest of its kind, featuring world-class performers playing repertoire that from the Colonial period to the present, from soloist to chamber music to symphonic works and even opera and ballet. Fiesta showcases a selection of the music heard during the eleven years of the Festival’s history.

A Living Tradition: Baroque Music from Bolivia

June 3, 2017

While European Baroque music and composers were falling out of fashion and new musical trends came in place, in a remote corner of Bolivia those traditions never died. Listen to original baroque music written by Bolivian composers while Elbio Barilari interviews musicologist Father Piotr Nawrot, one of the custodians of these extraordinary cultural inheritances.

A Visit to Mexico

May 20, 2017

For thousands of years, Mexico has been at the forefront of civilization and music in the Americas. Elbio Barilari will guide this new excursion south of the border as we feature music from the 17th-21st centuries.

Folk Music of Latin America

October 28, 2017

On this special edition of Fiesta, host Elbio Barilari, presents some of the most important folk music from Latin America. Featuring music from Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Mexico this program showcases popular music that has transcended many genres. 

100th Anniversary of Lamarque Pons

November 4, 2017

Join Fiesta as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Uruguayan composer and pianist Lamarque Pons. Finding musical pleasure in both popular and classical music, Pons wrote music influenced by both genres. He went on to compose music for film, ballet, piano, and orchestra. Host, Elbio Barilari, will share some of his favorite works by this little known composer.