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.

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Flamenco Music

April 8, 2017

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.

The Fiesta Time Machine

March 25, 2017

Fiesta goes back in time to present some of the best Latin American classical music from different eras. We will feature music from the Colonial, Romantic, and Contemporary eras of classical music and see how they all tie together.

Epic Masterpieces

March 18, 2017

This week, host Elbio Bariliari, chooses some of his favorite long form orchestral pieces! Be prepared as we take an epic journey into the music of Latin America.

A 19th Century Genius: Jose Mauricio de Nunez Garcia

March 11, 2017

Born in the 18th century as a citizen of the Portuguese Empire, Jose Mauricio de Nunez Garcia was a progressive priest with advanced democratic ideas and was a fantastic composer.

Latin American Art Songs

March 4, 2017

Fiesta explores the world of Latin American art songs on this program. We will feature vocal music accompanied by strings, piano, guitar and orchestra. Including the voice of Anna Netrebko, José Cura, and Margarita Pruneda.

Five Centuries of Latin American Music

February 25, 2017

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. Come with us as we visit Bolivia, Cuba, Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico.

OSESP: São Paulo State Symphony

February 4, 2017

Host, Elbio Barilari, picks some of his favorite recordings from the monumental São Paulo State Symphony from Brazil! Founded in 1954 by João de Sousa Lima the OSESP performs over 200 concerts a season and has over has recorded over 100 albums.

Sonatas and Sonatinas

January 28, 2017

These very traditional forms were proclaimed dead at several points during the 20th century. However, at the beginning of this new century they still enjoy good health and undeniable popularity among audiences and musicians.

Spain Before Albéniz

January 21, 2017

The influence of Isaac Albéniz on Spanish music, or at least in the perception posterity has of Spanish music is undeniable. Composers such as Enrique Granados, Joaquín Turina, Manuel de Falla and Joaquín Rodrigo, just to name a few, have been under Albéniz’s direct or indirect spell.

The French Connection

January 14, 2017

Take an intercontinental journey with Fiesta as Elbio 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.

New-New Music 6

January 7, 2017

Many 21st century composers have broken the boundaries imposed by the so called “experimental”, “contemporary”, or “new music” of the 20th century. This is what Fiesta’s host, Elbio Barilari, calls “New-New” music

The Music of Gustavo Leone

December 31, 2016

With works commissioned by ensembles including the Grant Park Festival Orchestra and the Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán, Argentinean composer Gustavo Leone now teaches at the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago. This program features his selected solo, chamber and orchestral works.

Latin American Christmas Carols

December 24, 2016

A selection of villancicos or Christmas carols from Spain and Latin America. We will present music that spans several centuries and a great diversity of influences and traditions.

An Imaginary Concert 3

December 17, 2016

Continuing with our series Imaginary Concerts: think that you are attending a symphonic concert in which instead of hearing one of the so-called the “standard concert repertoire”, the orchestra starts with a colorful Latino overture, continues with a fantastic Latino concerto and tops the evening with a full scale Latino symphony.

South American Road Trip

December 10, 2016

From Colombia to Argentina and from Chile to Brazil, Fiesta features music representing different traditions and landscapes.

Sketches of Spain Revisited, with guest Orbert Davis

December 3, 2016

In 1959 Miles Davis and Gil Evans put together a famous jazz version of the omnipresent Concierto de Aranjuez, by Joaquin Rodrigo. Now, multi-talented composer/conductor/arranger/trumpeter Orbert Davis revisits the historical piece with an album that has received much critical acclaim.

Latin American Guitar Music

November 26, 2016

Guitar music is one of the strongest points of Latin American and Spanish music.

Music and Time

November 19, 2016

Works about the nature of time from Latin American composers.

Latin American Colonial Music Treasures

November 12, 2016

Enjoy some of the many musical treasures found in the archives and cathedrals of Latin America. We will feature music from the 16th to 19th century that, in many cases, has not been heard for over two centuries.

Music of the Dominican Republic

October 29, 2016

The Dominican Republic enjoys a strong musical tradition, classical as well as popular.

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.