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.
The player below includes a continuous three hour loop of the most recent Fiesta episodes to be joined in progress.
Claudio Santoro, Brazilian Composer
Claudio Santoro (1919‐1989) was a prominent Brazilian composer and educator from the generation after Heitor Villa‐Lobos. Santoro combines amazing musical wisdom and technique with a gift to create powerful melodies. Listen to one of the best-kept secrets of 20th century music: Claudio Santoro.
Together with Brazil and Cuba, Mexico is one of the powerhouses of Latin American music. With roots in the native cultures as well as in the Colonial period, Mexican music shows an extraordinary vitality and a variety of colors and soundscapes.
Florencio Asenjo: Composer and Mathematician
Argentinan Florencio Asenjo came to the US in 1958 to work as a mathematician at Georgetown University. He was on the cutting edge of mathematical research and at the same time he composed very personal and striking music. Join us as host Elbio Barilari revisits the work of this Latin American genius.
Tomás Luis de Victoria: 16th Century Spanish Composer
Tomás Luis de Victoria is considered one of the top European composers of the 16th century. His music shows a remarkable sense of tonal contrast, foreshadowing the tonality of the Baroque era. Fiesta will share some of his beautiful music including the “Cum beatus Ignatius” as well as insight on his fascinating life.
A Fresh Look to the Brazilian Piano
Brazilian composers and pianists have established a long, solid and brilliant tradition. On this program Fiesta revisits the fascinating world of the Brazilian piano music. Including works by Mozart Camargo Guarnieri, Heitor Villa‐Lobos, Alexandre Levy and Oscar Lorenzo Fernández.
Spanish Medieval Music
A visit to the very famous 12th century Codex Calixtinus, the 13th century Martin Codex and the hypnotic sounds of early instrumental music.
Celebrating Agustín Barrios
Let’s enjoy together the legacy of this pioneer of the Latin America classical guitar. Along with Andrés Segovia, Barrios was instrumental in bringing the guitar to the concert hall. We’ll share some of his most popular works as well as some rare gems.
The Latino Concert Hall
Join host, Elbio Barilari as he takes you on a musical tour of Latin American and Iberican concert music. Featuring some of the greatest music written for the concert hall including the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Federico Moreno Torroba, and Manuel de Falla.
Latin American Piano
The history of Latin American piano starts in the 18th century, shows brilliant accomplishments in the 19th century and shines throughout the 20th and into the 21st century. Fiesta pays visit piano marvels by Camargo Guarnieri, Francisco Mignone and Leonardo Balada’s monumental concerto.
Baroque Music from Spain Part 2
We continue our guided tour through instrumental and vocal Baroque music from 17th and 18th century Spain.
Baroque Music from Spain Part 1
A guided tour through the evolution of instrumental and vocal Baroque music from 15th and 16th century Spain.
Music from Venezuela
Venezuela has a wealth of concert music, from the romantic period and into the 21st century. Fiesta will bring its audience to a musical tour on Venezuelan musical history. From Teresa Carreño to Alfredo Rugeles, we will present over 150 years of rarely heard music.
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.
Latin American and Spanish Music as recorded by famed guitarists Sharon Isbin & Eduardo Fernández. Included are works by Agustín Barrios, Carlos Chávez, Lamarque Pons, and a guitar trio version of Joaquín Rodrigo adagio from, Concierto de Aranjuez.
The Latin Side of Kronos Quartet
This prestigious string quartet has dedicated many recordings to the music on Latin America, including the original monumental piece, Astor Piazzolla’s “Tango Sensations”.
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.
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.
Orchestral Music from Mexico
Mexico has and always had an incredible number of great composers. Ever since the Colonial period, Mexican composers of the first rate have been contributing to music. Fiesta will look beyond the three titans of Mexican music, Manuel Ponce, Carlos Chávez and Silvestre Revueltas and showcase composers from the present and the past that deserve to be better known.
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.
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. Recent pieces by composers from Catalonia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Argentina, and Uruguay.