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.
The player below includes a continuous three hour loop of the most recent Fiesta episodes to be joined in progress.
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.
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.