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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.
The player below includes a continuous three hour loop of the most recent Fiesta episodes to be joined in progress.
Afro-Latin American Music
It is impossible to understand Latin American culture without learning about the huge impact of its African roots. The traditions, culture and music are a very important part of Latin American (and US) history. “Fiesta” presents music reflecting on this experience by Brazilian composer Francisco Mignone and Cuban composer Amadeo Roldán.
Composer Andrés Gaos
Composer Andrés Gaos was born in Galicia, Spain, in 1874, where he studied and reached an early notoriety. At the age of 20 his family migrated to South America. The Gaos lived in Montevideo, Uruguay and finally moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. There the he created the very prestigious Gaos Quartet, taught music and worked for the Argentine government in ...
20th Century Masters
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. Many of the most intense and valuable musical works of the past century have been written by composers such as Manuel Ponce, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Chávez, Silvestre Revueltas, Astor ...
Classical music in the 20th and 21st century has had a strong presence throughout Latin America. Host, Elbio Barilari share some of the most interesting and beautiful music to come out of Latin America in the past decade.
Latin American Christmas Carols
A selection of villancicos or Christmas carols from Spain and Latin America are featured on this Christmas themed program from Fiesta. Join us for music that spans several centuries and a great diversity of influences and traditions.
Spanish Music and Visual Arts
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.
An Ideal Imaginary Concert
Continuing with our series Imaginary Concerts: think that you are attending a symphonic concert in which instead of hearing one of the so-called the “standard concert repertoire”, the orchestra starts with a colorful Latino overture, continues with a fantastic Latino concerto and tops the evening with a full scale Latino symphony.
Woodwinds of Latin America
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.
Colonial Music in Latin America
Early music, the Baroque and Gallant styles were practiced in Latin America by European masters as well as composers born in Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. On this episode of Fiesta we find more treasures of Colonial Music.
Celebrating Eduardo Fernández
With acclaims worldwide, Eduardo Fernandez is one of the greatest living classical guitarists. Fiesta will feature exclusive new tracks from his new album as well as some other Latin American favorites!
In the Spanish Courts of the Hapsburgs and Bourbons
Baroque and early classical music reached an amazing development throughout the Spanish Empire. Fiesta will pay visit to some of the most brilliants musicians spanning three centuries.
Día de los Muertos-Day of the Dead
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has inspired music in the Latin America culture throughout history. Often confused with Halloween in America, the Day of the Dead is about honoring and paying tribute to one’s ancestors. On this episode of Fiesta, we will explore music that celebrates the many facets of this holiday. READ MORE: Honor Día ...
Music for the Ballet
Many of the most formidable pieces of the last hundred years have been dedicated to the ballet or modern dance. Latin American music is not the exception. Fiesta will present some of the most beloved, magical and dramatic Latin American works for dance.
The “Unknown” Joaquín Rodrigo
Works so successful as “Concierto de Aranjuez” (1939) and “ Fantasía para un Gentilhombre” (1958), both for guitar an orchestra, have somehow obscured the rest of the vast and amazing catalog of compositions by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. On this program, Fiesta’s host, composer Elbio Barilari, explores different areas of Rodrigo’s music.
During the late 19th century and early 20th century, many Latin American composers wrote pieces in a romantic and nationalistic style, combining the techniques of 19th century western music with the flavor of rhythms and melodies of their countries. Fiesta explores that fascinating musical period.
Violoncello: The Latin American Cello
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.
Touch of Nature
Fiesta again explores how Latin American composers have interpreted nature in music. Forests, jungles, mountains, and coastlines all have their unique sound.
The Great Alberto Ginastera
One of the greatest 20th century composers of all time, Alberto Ginastera was able to weave Latin American musical idioms into his music seamlessly. Fiesta will look at the maestro’s incredible catalog and share some of Elbio Barliari’s favorite recordings of Ginastera.
Choral Music of Latin America
From European traditions to the native cultures, choral music has always been a part of Latin America’s musical identity. Fiesta will highlight some of the great Latino composers of this art form.
Already in the 19th century, there were Latin American women defying gender barriers in music and composition. That trend has only intensified during the 20th and 21st centuries. Fiesta will present a selection of great Latina composers.