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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bang the Drum: Latin American Percussion Music

May 13, 2017

The birth of “classical” percussion music has a name and a date: Amadeo Roldán, 1930. The seminal “Rítmicas” by this Cuban pioneer inspired Edgar Varèse to write his famous “Ionization” and a whole new musical field was born.

Music of the Night

May 6, 2017

Nocturnes have been composed since the 18th century. Even before the first nocturnes were written, the night and its attributes, like the moon and the stars, have been inspired musicians as well as poets and painters. These romantic endeavors have continued into the 21st century.

Latin American Composers You Should Know!

April 29, 2017

Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Chávez, and Alberto Ginastera are the figureheads at the prow of the Latin American music ship. On this episode of Fiesta we go beyond those giants and feature other Latin American composers that you should know!

20th Century Masters

April 22, 2017

Latin America has long history of “concert” music that started in the 16th century. However, it is possible to say that the 20th has been THE century of Latin American music.

Easter 2017

April 15, 2017

Latin America has developed its own and strong Easter musical traditions. Fiesta pay visits to this deep and fresh water well of pieces and songs from different latitudes. Featuring Colonial Music from South America as well as Spain!

Flamenco Music

April 8, 2017

Spanish flamenco music has a rich tradition of blending the music from such diverse backgrounds as India, the Arab world, and the gypsies. In this hour we feature the many paths of flamenco from the pop world to the concert hall.

The Fiesta Time Machine

March 25, 2017

Fiesta goes back in time to present some of the best Latin American classical music from different eras. We will feature music from the Colonial, Romantic, and Contemporary eras of classical music and see how they all tie together.

Epic Masterpieces

March 18, 2017

This week, host Elbio Bariliari, chooses some of his favorite long form orchestral pieces! Be prepared as we take an epic journey into the music of Latin America.

A 19th Century Genius: Jose Mauricio de Nunez Garcia

March 11, 2017

Born in the 18th century as a citizen of the Portuguese Empire, Jose Mauricio de Nunez Garcia was a progressive priest with advanced democratic ideas and was a fantastic composer.

Latin American Art Songs

March 4, 2017

Fiesta explores the world of Latin American art songs on this program. We will feature vocal music accompanied by strings, piano, guitar and orchestra. Including the voice of Anna Netrebko, José Cura, and Margarita Pruneda.

Five Centuries of Latin American Music

February 25, 2017

Host, Elbio Barilari introduces us to five hundred years of Latin American orchestral music. From the Baroque period composer, Domenico Zipoli to the present day Arturo Marquez. Come with us as we visit Bolivia, Cuba, Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico.

OSESP: São Paulo State Symphony

February 4, 2017

Host, Elbio Barilari, picks some of his favorite recordings from the monumental São Paulo State Symphony from Brazil! Founded in 1954 by João de Sousa Lima the OSESP performs over 200 concerts a season and has over has recorded over 100 albums.

Sonatas and Sonatinas

January 28, 2017

These very traditional forms were proclaimed dead at several points during the 20th century. However, at the beginning of this new century they still enjoy good health and undeniable popularity among audiences and musicians.

Music after Jorge Luis Borges

December 16, 2017

The great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges exerts a particular fascination on composers from different parts of the world.

Latin American Christmas Carols 2017

December 23, 2017

A selection of villancicos or Christmas carols from Spain and Latin America will be featured on this Christmas themed program from Fiesta.