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.
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. Including music by the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, Brazilian composer Dorival Caymmi, and Mexican composer Melesio Morales.
Villa-Lobos: Folk Traveler
Host Elbio Barilari takes you on a journey through Brazil with the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos. Early in his life, Villa-Lobos traveled the Brazilian countryside learning folk songs that he would eventually incorporate into his symphonic works. Included in this program is his famous Brazilian Folk Suite.
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.
Alejandro García Caturla: The Best-Kept Secret in Latin American Music
During his short life Alejandro García Caturla (1906‐1940) was both a musician and judge. He built an amazing and forward-looking musical catalog combining the Afro‐Cuban traditions and European classical techniques. Largely unknown outside Cuba until recent times, new recordings have sparked the interest for the music of this “secret” genius.
New Compositions by Leo Brouwer
Now in his 80s, Cuban composer Leo Brouwer continues his work as one of the top living composers in the world. Fiesta presents some of his latest works including The Book of Signs and his Bandurria Sonata.
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.
The Latin American Express
Join host, Elbio Barilari as he takes you on a musical tour of Latin America.
Latin American Art Songs
Fiesta explores the world of Latin American art songs on out next program. We will feature vocal music accompanied by strings, piano, guitar, and orchestra.
Venezuelan Composer Paul Desenne
Paul Desenne’s tricultural vantage point on today’s musical world blends anthropological accuracy, conceptual diversity and musical abstraction in a vast body of work. His music is passionate, often features elaborate constructions in rhythmic counterpoint, and explores the many avenues of Latin American concert-music.
Sephardic Music in both sides of the Atlantic
The songs of the Sephardic Jewish community from Spain that the Spanish monarchy banished from their country along with the Muslims, survives along the Mediterranean coasts as well as in Latin America. Fiesta explores this valuable tradition of exile, longing and intolerance.
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.
A New Visit to the Baroque Music of Latin America
Fiesta continues exploring the infinite wealth of Latin American colonial music, from Mexico to Brazil. We’ll hear performances by Cappella Mediterranea, Ex Cathedra, and Ensemble Villancico.
A Tribute to León Biriotti
The great Uruguayan composer, conductor, and oboist passed away in late 2020. We celebrated the life and music of this great South American musical icon. Elbio Barilari will share stories of his life and career as well as some of his most beautiful music.
Duos and Trios
Latin American is an inexhaustible well of chamber music. Fiesta’s host Elbio Barilari, will guide you on this fascinating sonic tour. Featuring ensembles of 2s and 3s.
Esta Tierra Es Mi Tierra: Latino Composers Reflect on the American Experience
Both, US born Latino composers and composers that migrated from Latin America have written music reflecting the American experience in all its nuances.
Miguel Del Águila: Uruguayan-American Composer
Host Elbio Barilari, speaks with his fellow countryman Miguel Del Águila about composing music in the 21st century, his early life in Uruguay, and his music output.
Padre Antonio Soler
Antonio Soler was a very prominent Spanish composer that links the late baroque and early classical periods. Fiesta will feature his chamber music as well as his newly recorded music for the harpsichord.
Celebration of Latin American Women Composers
Fiesta pays tribute to the many female composers of Latin America.
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.
Spain and Latin America on Six-Strings
Spain and Latin America are the homeland of the guitar. Nurtured by the Spanish inheritance as well as the African sense of rhythm and the Native American melodies, Latin American guitar music has given a treasure of music to the world.