Fiesta Latin-American Music with Elbio Barilari

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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.

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The Invention of Morel: A New Opera by Stewart Copeland and Jonathan Moore

September 2, 2017

Fiesta's host Elbio Barilari sits down with composer Stewart Copeland (co-founder and drummer of The Police) and librettist/director Jonathan Moore about their world premiere of their new opera The Invention of Morel at Chicago Opera Theater.  

Music from Cuba

August 26, 2017

Cuba is, and it has  always been since the Colonial period, one of the powerhouses of music in this side of the Atlantic. In this edition of Fiesta we visit (or revisit, in some cases), the music of a handful of Cuban composers born between the 30’s and the 50’s.

Superstring Theory

August 19, 2017

This program of Fiesta showcases music for string quartet and string instruments in different combinations. We will highlight some of Latin America’s most important and influential composers. Enjoy the vitality and beauty of rarely heard Latin American and Spanish string music.

Choros N.10 & N.12 – Masterpieces by Heitor Villa-Lobos

August 12, 2017

Continuing our exploration of Heitor Villa-Lobos’s monumental Choros series.  Here we have the Choros N. 10 and N. 12 two of his symphonic tributes to this Brazilian musical style.

Choros N.11 – A Masterpiece by Heitor Villa-Lobos

August 5, 2017

The gargantuan Choros No.11, by Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of the most ambitious works ever written for the combination of piano and orchestra. We will feature this epic work in it’s entirety.

Gypsy Music and Gypsy Influences

July 29, 2017

Flamenco music has nurtured the inspiration of Spanish composers, even before Albéniz and continues to inspire composers of today.

Elbio’s Desert Island Picks

July 22, 2017

If you could only pick an hour of music to listen to the rest of your life, what would it be? Host, Elbio Barilari, will share with us some of his favorite music and composers.

Music from Venezuela

July 15, 2017

Venezuela has a wealth of concert music, from the romantic period and into the 21st century. Fiesta will bring its audience to a musical tour on Venezuelan musical history. From Teresa Carreño to Alfredo Rugeles, we will present over 150 years of rarely heard music.

Modern Harpsichord

July 8, 2017

The harpsichord sounds, to most ears, as an instrument exclusively related to music from the Baroque period. Spanish and Latin American composers from the 20th century, however, have written many pieces dedicated to the venerable instrument.

Esta Tierra Es Mi Tierra: Latino Composers Reflect on the American Experience

July 1, 2017

Both, US born Latino composers and composers that migrated from Latin America have written music reflecting the American experience in all its nuances.

Brazilian Gala

June 24, 2017

In this program of Fiesta we present a luxurious tribute to the most beloved Brazilian popular songs. Featuring the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Sao Paulo and Banda Mantiqueira performing traditional choros and sambas.

Postcards from South America

June 17, 2017

Natural, urban and human landscapes have inspired composers throughout history. Fiesta features some of the most fascinating postcards from South America. We will feature music from Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil!

Best of the Latino Music Festival 2016

June 10, 2017

The Chicago Latino Music Festival is the biggest of its kind, featuring world-class performers playing repertoire that from the Colonial period to the present, from soloist to chamber music to symphonic works and even opera and ballet.

A Living Tradition: Baroque Music from Bolivia

June 3, 2017

While European Baroque music and composers were falling out of fashion and new musical trends came in place, in a remote corner of Bolivia those traditions never died.

A Visit to Mexico

May 20, 2017

For thousands of years, Mexico has been at the forefront of civilization and music in the Americas. Elbio Barilari will guide this new excursion south of the border as we feature music from the 17th-21st centuries.

Bang the Drum: Latin American Percussion Music

May 13, 2017

The birth of “classical” percussion music has a name and a date: Amadeo Roldán, 1930. The seminal “Rítmicas” by this Cuban pioneer inspired Edgar Varèse to write his famous “Ionization” and a whole new musical field was born.

Music of the Night

May 6, 2017

Nocturnes have been composed since the 18th century. Even before the first nocturnes were written, the night and its attributes, like the moon and the stars, have been inspired musicians as well as poets and painters. These romantic endeavors have continued into the 21st century.

Latin American Composers You Should Know!

April 29, 2017

Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Chávez, and Alberto Ginastera are the figureheads at the prow of the Latin American music ship. On this episode of Fiesta we go beyond those giants and feature other Latin American composers that you should know!

20th Century Masters

April 22, 2017

Latin America has long history of “concert” music that started in the 16th century. However, it is possible to say that the 20th has been THE century of Latin American music.

Easter 2017

April 15, 2017

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!

José Bragato: Musician, Composer, Conductor

February 24, 2018

Fiesta pays tribute to Italian-born Argentine, José Bragato, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 101.  Bragato worked with Astor Piazzolla on his Nuevo tango as well as serving as the principle cellist for the Teatro Colón in Argentina

Fiesta’s 5th Anniversary Concert

March 10, 2018

Celebrating 5 years of Latin American classical radio, Fiesta hosted a special concert in Chicago on October 20th 2017. Featuring Latin American works performed by KAIA String Quartet, guitarist Fareed Haque, and pianist Susan Merdinger.

The Eclectic Collective

March 17, 2018

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. 

Latin American Song

March 24, 2018

Fiesta addresses one of the most fundamental forms of music, the song.

Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México

March 31, 2018

Founded by conductor Enrique Bátiz in 1971 the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México or the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico is one of the most important orchestras in the world.

Impressions of Nature

April 7, 2018

Nature has inspired many composer all over the world, including Latin America.