Saturdays at 7:00 pm
Exploring the diverse traditions of Latin American and Iberian music
Devoted to showcasing Latin American and Iberian music from the 16th century to today, Fiesta brings creatively and historically significant compositions and artists to audiences. Acclaimed composer, musician, and professor Elbio Barilari is your guide on this adventure through a rich musical landscape. Enjoy and learn about the lively, compelling, and seldom-heard treasures of Latin American and Spanish classical music from around the world.
In the Mailbox
September 30, 2023, 7:00 pm
Some of the most interesting, fresh, and colorful music we have received as of late.
Two Living Composers: Liduino Pitombeira and Felipe Pérez Santiago
October 7, 2023, 7:00 pm
Fresh music by two amazing and delightful living composers full of imagination and luxurious sounds: the Brazilian Liduino Pitombeira and the Mexican Felipe Pérez Santiago.
Composer Andrés Gaos
September 23, 2023
The 19th and 20th century composer was born in Spain before moving to Uruguay and ultimately settling in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
20th Century Masters
September 16, 2023
Many of the most intense and valuable musical works of the past century, including works by Manuel Ponce, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, and more.
Brenno Blauth: Brazilian Composer
September 9, 2023
This student of Camargo Guarnieri was a great music educator in his own right and composed very personal and colorful orchestral and chamber works.
Mexican Music for the Piano
September 2, 2023
As the largest Spanish speaking country in the world, Mexico is also a powerhouse of classical music, with several first-rate composers and performers. Fiesta presents a selection of luxurious Mexican music for the piano. With works by José Pablo Moncayo, Blas Galindo, Carlos Chávez and Manuel Ponce.
Spanish Music and Visual Arts
August 26, 2023
Spanish composers seem to have a strong predilection for the visual arts. This is not surprising for a country that gave us Diego Velázquez, Goya and Picasso among many other first rate artists. Fiesta explores the connections between Spanish music and visual art.
Agustin Barrios Revisited
August 19, 2023
Together with Heitor Villa-Lobos, Manuel Ponce and Leo Brouwer, Paraguayan composer Agustin Barrios is one of the most important 20th century guitar composers. Fiesta presents historical recordings by Barrios himself as well as recordings by two of the top guitar contemporary guitarists, Australian John Williams and Uruguayan Eduardo Fernandez
Latin American Chamber Gems
August 12, 2023
Host Elbio Barilari will share an in depth look at the wonderful world of Latin American chamber music.
Latin American Sonatas
August 5, 2023
Fiesta presents sonatas for the viola, cello and clarinet by the Brazilian composer Breno Blauth and Argentine composers Constantino Gaito and Carlos Guastavino.
Another Imaginary Concert
July 29, 2023
This time Fiesta’s imaginary concert features the beautiful and rarely heard classical, Symphony No.4 by Spanish composer Miguel Marqués. We will also share an overture by Camargo Guarnieri and an encore featuring soprano Ailyn Pérez with guitarist Xuefei Yang.
Woodwinds of Latin America
July 22, 2023
An important part of any orchestra, the woodwinds section is heavily featured in Latin American music. Host Elbio Barilari shares some of his favorite woodwind music in chamber, solo, and orchestral settings.
Two to Tango
July 15, 2023
Latin American duets for a variety of instrumental combinations including flute and piano, violin and piano, and oboe and guitar. We’ll hear works by, Paquito D’Rivera, Samuel Zyman, Radames Gnattali, and Astor Piazzolla.
Guitar Music From Brazil and Cuba
July 8, 2023
Brazil and Cuba are two of the powerhouses of Latin American music, in part due to the strong African roots of their music. Fiesta presents a selection of guitar music highlighting these African roots from both countries.
Venezuelan Composer Antonio Estévez
July 1, 2023
Antonio Estévez was a Venezuelan composer and conductor. He is the author of the “Cantata Criolla”, the most famous work of the nationalistic Venezuelan music and the most frequently performed composer of his country. We will hear that works as well as some hidden gems of this great composer.
The “Unknown” Joaquín Rodrigo
June 17, 2023
Going beyond “Concierto de Aranjuez” and “Fantasía para un Gentilhombre.”
Two Spanish Women Composers: Rosa García Ascot and Matilde Salvador
June 10, 2023
Two unsung composers from the early 20th century.
June 3, 2023
Combining the techniques of 19th-century western music with the regional and national flavor.
Cuban Composer Julián Orbón
May 27, 2023
Born in Spain, Julián Orbón lived and composed in Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States of America. Aaron Copland referred to Orbón as “Cuba’s most gifted composer of his generation.” We will share some of his most beloved music including his Preludio and Danza for guitar.
The Many Sounds of Uruguayan Lamarque Pons
May 20, 2023
Jaures Lamarque Pons is one of the giants of the classical music in Uruguay. He combined a skillful technique with his taste for the urban and rural folk music of Rio de la Plata. He was also active in the field of popular music, as a jazz and tango pianist. Fiesta will present some of his fascinating chamber and orchestral ...
Violoncello: The Latin American Cello
May 13, 2023
Powerful and beautiful the cello has been an instrument beloved by Latin American composers. On this program, we will share some of the greatest cello music by Latino composers including Francisco Mignone, Carlos Chavez, Carlos Guastavino and Astor Piazzolla.