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.
Danzón! The Music of Arturo Márquez
Together with José Pablo Moncayo’s “Huapango”, Arturo Marquez’s Danzón No.2 has become another non-official Mexican anthem and has garnered would wide fame. Fiesta will tell the story behind Marquez’s many danzón’s and we’ll feature a chamber work by this amazing composer.
Music from Haiti
Colonized by France, and the first country in Latin American to win its independence, Haiti is often neglected or forgotten in the context of the Latin American culture. However, it has a strong musical tradition. Fiesta will bring to the audience some of its most important composers.
Memories from Sefarad
Sefarad is the name the Spanish Jews gave to that land, thence their denomination as Sephardic people. Expelled from Spain alongside the Muslims, their culture, and their language, the Ladino, have been preserved in Northern Africa, Greece, Turkey and the Netherlands.
Two-Hundred Years of Solitude
Social struggle and conflict have punctuated the history of Latin America. Art has always been a reflection of a society and music can be one of the most powerful. On this program, Elbio Barilari presents musical works linked to society and human landscapes.
Highlights from the 13th Chicago Latino Music Festival
The Chicago Latino Music Festival is the biggest classical music festival of its kind in the US. Featuring fantastic performers and a repertoire that goes from the Colonial period to the present. The 13th edition of this festival had a focus on the guitar and featured players Eduardo Fernandez, Fareed Haque, and Ivan Resendiz.
Palaces and Cathedrals
Latin American colonial music has been a well hidden treasure. But, in the last 20 years the world has discovered the wealth and variety of the scores and traditions of the fascinating Latin American baroque. We hear some of these lost works that have been kept in the palaces and cathedrals of Bolivia, Brazil, and Mexico.
Fiesta Goes to the Movies
During the golden age of Hollywood, countries like Mexico, Brazil and Argentina also developed their own healthy movie industries. Smaller nations also contributed to a robust catalog of Latin American movies. Almost every important Latin American composer from the last hundred years has been asked to compose film music, from Heitor Villa-Lobos in Brazil, to Silvestre Revueltas in Mexico, to ...
Latin American Classics
The music of Latino composers has made its way into the standard repertoire of music halls across the globe. Host Elbio Barilari shares some of the most known compositions as well as some that he thinks will become classics! Join us for this look into the past and the future of Latino classical music.