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.
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Since the 1950’s a segment of the tango music from Argentina and Uruguay has been evolving into the chamber music genre. Fiesta will feature some examples of this lively new tradition.
Spanish and Latin American Harpsichord with special guest David Schrader
One of the leading harpsichord players in the world, Maestro David Schrader will share with us his amazing knowledge of Spanish and Latin American music for the harpsichord as well as his smart sense of humor.
What’s New? Latin American Composers in the US
Fiesta shares recent works by Latino composers living in the US. Featured will be Miguel del Águila and Lena Frank.
Five Centuries of Latin American Music
Host Elbio Barilari, introduces us to five hundred years of Latin American orchestral music, from the Baroque period composer, Domenico Zipoli to the present day Arturo Marquez. Music from Cuba, Paraguay, Uruguay and Mexico.
South American Road Trip
Fiesta’s host, composer Elbio Barilari will share some of his favorite composers in a delightful trip through South America.
Great Chamber Works of Latin America
Latin America has a huger treasure of chamber music, from the 16th century to the present day, Fiesta will visit some of the most remarkable compositions.
Latin American Piano Concertos
Some of the most fantastic piano concertos for the last two centuries have been composed in Latin America. On our program we will feature two piano concerti by some lesser known composers Hekel Tavares (Brazil) and Florencia Di Concilio (Uruguay) along with solo piano pieces by the Brazilian Francisco Mignone.
This week, Fiesta presents classical Latin American music that takes on one of the greatest emotions, Love. Join us, as we show how love is expressed musically in several Latin American countries. We will feature orchestral and chamber music from Cuba, Spain, and Mexico.
Host Elbio Barilari shares some of his favorite long form classical works. Manuel De Falla and Carlos Chávez are are featured in this EPIC program.
Fiesta visits Cuba to share some of most important composers from the island. From José White to Leo Browuer we will hear some of the greatest Cuban classical music.
Teresa Carreño, Composer
Born in Venezuela in 1853, Teresa Carreño was one the first Latin American women with an international career as a pianist, composer and teacher. Fiesta looks into the life and music of this piano virtuoso nicknamed the “Valkyrie of the Piano.”
Celebration of Latin American Women Composers
Fiesta pays tribute to the many female composers of Latin America.
Caminos del Inka
The mission of Caminos del Inka is to discover, preserve, and promote the rich musical legacy of the music South America. Headed by the great Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya we will share some of their most fascinating and beautiful recordings.
Spanish flamenco music has a rich tradition of blending the music from such diverse backgrounds as India, the Arab world, and the gypsies. In this hour we feature the many paths of flamenco from the pop world to the concert hall.
Baroque Music from the Americas and Spain
The music written and performed in Latin America and Spain 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 the region showed their interest in exploring the strong connections between European music from the past and Latin American music, expressed also in the ...
The French Connection
Take an intercontinental journey with Fiesta as Elbio Barilari explores the cultural and musical influence of French culture on Latin American Music. From Venezuelan composer Teresa Carreno to the heart of Brazilian art music with Heitor Villa-Lobos. Join us for a 100-year tour of this fascinating cultural intersection.
Music in the Mailbox
We are constantly getting fresh recordings of Latin American music from all over the world. On this program we will share some of the most interesting and colorful music we have received in the mail.
The Chicago-based Axiom Brass is one of the most exciting and talented brass groups in classical music. Along with the standard repertoire they are champions of Latin American music. We will feature some of our favorite recording from this group as well as some recordings made just for Fiesta.
Gorgeous Sounds of Modern Latino Music
Classical music in the 20th and 21st century has had a strong presence throughout Latin America. Host Elbio Barilari, shares some of the most interesting and beautiful music to come out of Latin America in the past 50 years. Enjoy these fun, melodic, and gorgeous works by José Serebrier, Paquito d’Rivera, Arturo Márquez, and Roberto Sierra.