Fiesta Latin-American Music with Elbio Barilari

Saturdays at 7:00 pm
Fiesta! Latin-American Music with Elbio Barilari

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.

Great Latino Virtuosi

July 2, 2022

Host Elbio Barilari shares great Latin American music in the hands, lips, and throats of some of the most gifted Latino interpreters. 

Camerata de las Américas

June 25, 2022

One of the leading chamber ensembles dedicated to music written in the Americas, Camerata de las Américas, is the focus for this program. 

Latino Composers in the US

June 18, 2022

There is a rich history and a brilliant present of Latino composers in the US. Fiesta continues presenting the most well-known as well as talented young Latino composers working in the US. Included in this program is Roberto Sierra and Gabriela Lena Frank.

Baroque Music from Mexico, Perú & Brazil

June 11, 2022

The music written and performed in 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 the region showed there interest in exploring the strong connections between Spanish (and European) music from the past and Latin American music, expressed also in the ...

Orchestral Music of Camargo Guarnieri

June 4, 2022

We explore the wide range of orchestral sounds of 20th-century Brazilian composer Camargo Guarnieri, including his Piano Concerto No. 3 and his Symphony No. 6.

Latino Salon

May 28, 2022

Popular in Europe in the 19th century, salon music made its way over to Latin America. Embraced by many composers and performers this style of music took on a new life across the ocean. Featured on this program is music from Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, and Brazil.

A 19th Century Brazilian Opera: Lo Schiavo by Carlos Gomes

May 21, 2022

A rarely heard opera from the great Brazilian composer Carlos Gomes, Lo Schiavo (The Slave) is a a political and social drama which brings to light the treatment of newly ‘freed’ slaves in Brazil (abolished in 1888). But its an opera too, so you also have the love story of Américo, son of Count Rodrigo, and Ilàra, who is being ...

The Super Guitar Show

May 14, 2022

Some favorites for the versatile classical guitar.

A Tribute to Silvestre Revueltas

May 7, 2022

The genius of the Mexican composer is on full display in works for the orchestra, chamber groups, and solo instruments.

Renaissance Music from Spain, Portugal & the Americas

April 30, 2022

Fiesta features a treasure of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American music from the 12th to the 17th centuries, including the mysterious “Codex Calixtinus”.

Romantic Music from Brazil

April 23, 2022

Beautiful and melodic music from Brazil is featured in the program. Included are a phenomenal string quartet by late 19th-century composer Alexandre Levy and a rousing piano concerto by early 20th-century composer Henrique Oswald.

Easter 2022

April 16, 2022

Latin America has developed its own and strong Easter musical traditions. Fiesta pay visits to this deep and fresh water well of pieces and songs from different latitudes. Featuring Colonial Music from South America as well as Spain!

Symphonic and Chamber Music by Cláudio Santoro

April 9, 2022

Cláudio Santoro is one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. Fiesta will feature a selection of his work, from chamber music to full-scale orchestra pieces. Join us for music of this Brazilian master.

The Sound and the Fury

April 2, 2022

Latin American classical music is full of passionate and emotional music.  Host, Elbio Barilari shares some of his most favorite composers who aren’t afraid to show the passion of their music.

Violin Virtuosos

March 26, 2022

Join host, Elbio Barilari, as he shares some of the greatest violin music come out of Latin America. 

Segovia and his Disciples

March 19, 2022

Andrés Segovia is considered one of the greatest modern guitarists.  His style and techniques have elevated the classical guitar to new heights.

The Music of José Pablo Moncayo

March 12, 2022

José Pablo Moncayo, the Mexican author of the very popular Huapango. Composed several operatic, symphonic, and chamber pieces of great importance. Fiesta! pays tribute to this giant of the 20th century Latin America. We’ll hear is rarely performed short opera La mulata de Córdoba as well as his Sonata for Viola and Piano.

18th Century Latino Jewels

March 5, 2022

Colonial Latin American music is one of hidden treasures of classical music. Fiesta opens the vault sharing baroque and classical music that is as powerful and beautiful as what was coming from Europe at the time. We will share music from Bolivia, Brazil, and Mexico.

Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar

February 26, 2022

Fiesta pays tribute to one of the most famous and important symphonies in the world.

Fresh Ink 2022

February 19, 2022

Classical music in the 20th and 21st century has had a strong presence throughout Latin America. Host Elbio Barilari shares some interesting works coming out of Latin America in the past decade, including Mexican composers Gabriela Ortiz and Leonardo Coral and sharing with the audience his own awarded piano piece “Toccata Gaucha”.

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