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.
Listen to the past two episodes of Fiesta! here.
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.
Tomás Bretón: Spanish Symphonist
Few Spanish symphonies, if any, have found their place within the standard repertoire, a strange phenomenon, considering the richness and depth of the existing repertoire in this field. On this program we share the music of Tomás Bretón, a composer known for his zarzuela theatrical productions as well as being a master symphonist.
Baroque Music from Spain and the New World
The music written and performed in Spain Latin America during the Colonial period (16th to early 19th centuries) has become more popular in recent years. However, even before those treasures were rediscovered, several composers from those regions showed their interest in exploring the strong connections between Spanish (and European) music from the past and Spanish and Latin American folk music.
Latin American Christmas Carols
A selection of villancicos, Christmas carols from Spain and Latin America, is featured on this Christmas-themed program from Fiesta. Join us for music that spans several centuries and a great diversity of influences and traditions.