Saturdays at 7:00 pm
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.
Leo Brouwer Once Again| featuring his arrangements of 7 Beatles songs
Fiesta will visit once more the work of the most important Latin American living composer: Cuban, Leo Brouwer.
6 Musical Works by Latina Composers Everyone Should Know
Fiesta pays tribute to the many female composers of Latin America.
Island Hopping: A Musical Getaway to the Canary Islands and the Caribbean
Host, Elbio Barilari takes you on a musical trip to the many islands in Latin America and Spain. Featuring some of his favorite composers, we will visit the Canary Islands, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Haiti.
100 Years of “La Cumparsita” | Hear 10 versions of the most popular tango of all time
Considered the anthem of tango music and one of the most popular tunes in history, "La Cumparsita" was composed in 1917 by Uruguayan pianist Gerardo Matos Rodríguez.
The “other” Joaquín Rodrigo
The tremendous popularity of “Concierto de Aranjuez” has made of Joaquín Rodrigo almost a “one piece composer” or a “composer for the guitar,” which cannot be farther from the truth. In this program Fiesta! reviews vocal, piano and chamber music by this fantastic composer.
Roberto Sierra: Composer
Puerto Rican, Roberto Sierra is one of the most important living composers of contemporary classical music. Sierra’s work draws from the 20th century avant-garde music and the 19th century romantic traditions alike and synthesized his European and Latino influences.
September 11th Remembered by Latino Composers
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.
José Bragato: Musician, Composer, Conductor
Fiesta pays tribute to Italian-born Argentine, José Bragato, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 101. Bragato worked with Astor Piazzolla on his Nuevo tango as well as serving as the principle cellist for the Teatro Colón in Argentina
Fiesta’s 5th Anniversary Concert
Celebrating 5 years of Latin American classical radio, Fiesta hosted a special concert in Chicago on October 20th 2017. Featuring Latin American works performed by KAIA String Quartet, guitarist Fareed Haque, and pianist Susan Merdinger.
The Eclectic Collective
Latin American classical music has taken on many different forms and incorporates many different styles. On this program Fiesta, Host Elbio Barilari, will pick music reflecting the many eclectic styles of classical music that has come out of Latin America.
Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México
Founded by conductor Enrique Bátiz in 1971 the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México or the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico is one of the most important orchestras in the world.