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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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.
South American Road Trip
From Colombia to Argentina and from Chile to Brazil, Fiesta features music representing different traditions and landscapes.
Guitar Music from South America and Spain
Host Elbio Barilari shares some of his favorite pieces for guitar from South America and Spain. Solo and chamber works on this program will satisfy any guitar lover and showcase some little known works.
Manuel de Falla Revisited
Fiesta takes another look at the Spanish master Manuel de Falla. Host Elbio Barilari, picks some of his favorite lesser known works as well as a new recording of his popular Three Corner Hat. Join us for another look at the music and life of Falla!
Best of the 2019 Chicago Latino Music Festival
The Chicago Latino Music Festival is the biggest on its kind, featuring every year world class performers in a repertoire that goes from the Colonial period to the present and from soloist and chamber music to symphonic works and even opera and ballet. Fiesta showcases a selection of the music heard during the 2019 festival.
Music of the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic enjoys a strong musical tradition, classical as well as popular.
Music from Valencia
Fiesta takes a trip to Valencia, in the Eastern part of Spain. One of the many different regions in Spain with its own language, culture, and music! We will share some of the most fascinating composers and their music from this rarely explored region.
A Tribute to Silvestre Revueltas
Fiesta pays tribute to Mexican master-composer, Silvestre Revueltas. We will share some of his most famous music as well as some hidden gems.
The Sounds of Spring
Fiesta presents lively and fresh Latin American music to complement the season of Spring. Host Elbio Barilari will choose some of his favorite music to share with you!
Latin American Mix Tape
Fiesta presents a selection of the program’s favorite composers and works since the program started. We will be featuring music from different countries and even different continents, from the 16th to the 21st century.
Baroque Music from Spain and “The Indies”
“The Indies” was the name the Spaniards gave to the Americas, well into the 19th century. This episode of “Fiesta” presents rarely heard baroque music from both sides of the Atlantic.
Argentine Composer: Alberto Williams
Born in Buenos Aires in 1862, Alberto Williams was one of the first Argentine composers that reached international fame. “Fiesta” visits his symphonic and piano works.
Music from Catalonia
US born pianist Mac McClure has developed a strong relationship with Catalonian music scene. We will feature a selection of his solo piano recordings as well as vocal and chamber recordings by great Catalonian composers Joan Comellas, Joaquim Casssado, Pau Casals and more.
Latin American Guitar Music
Guitar music is one of the strongest points and Latin American and Spanish music. In this program, 19th century guitar music from Perú as well as a selection by some of the most important Latin American guitar players from the past.
Brazilian Hidden Treasures
For the last 100 years, Brazil has been a musical powerhouse, not just for popular music (samba and bossa nova), but also for its classical composers. Fiesta features some of the best-hidden treasures of Brazilian concert music. Works by Alceo Bocchino, Alexandre Levy and others.
Portuguese Impressionism: António Fragoso
If you think Impressionism was only French style of music, wait until you listen to Portuguese composer António Fragoso. He was a favorite of Debussy and in his short life, 1897-1918, he wrote some of the most beautiful music of that era.
Spotlight on New Recordings
We receive many new recordings of Spanish and Latin American classical music daily. Host Elbio Barilari picks some of his fresh favorites!
Edino Krieger, Composer
Outside his native Brazil, Edino Krieger is known for his substantial work for the piano. But, his symphonic and chamber works are full of imagination and color. Host Elbio Barilari, picks some of his favorite music from this master composer.
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.