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.
Music for El Día de los Muertos
El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has inspired much music in Latin American culture.
Chamber Music from Latin America
Host, Elbio Barilari will share some of the many treasure of Latin American chamber music. Join us for this in-depth look at the wonderful world of Latin American chamber music.
A Tribute to Silvestre Revueltas
The mastery of this Mexican genius will be highlighted in works for the orchestra, chamber groups and solo instruments.
Early Music from Spain and the New Spain
The Newberry Consort has focused on Early music from Spain and New Spain (as present day Mexico was known when it was a part of the Spanish empire). The recordings featured in this program underscore the continuity of Colonial music as a part of the tradition of western music, including some pieces that were performed for the first time in 300 years.
Native and African Roots
Both, Native American and African roots have been quintessential for the development of folk and classical Latin American music. Fiesta takes a trip to discover the origins of this music.
Join host, Elbio Barilari, as he shares some of the greatest violin music come out of Latin America.
The amazing and contrasting landscapes of Latin America have been reflected by some of the most brilliant composers of Latin America.
Music from the Basque Country
Join us for music from this region of Spain with a rich history of great composers.
Hidden Musical Treasures from the New World
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.
Segovia and his Disciples
Andrés Segovia is considered one of the greatest modern guitarists. His style and techniques have elevated the classical guitar to new heights.
Two Symphonies from Latin America
Host, Elbio Barilari, shares some of the treasures of Latin American symphonies from the 19th and 20th century.
LISTEN | How Latin-American composers influenced Leonard Bernstein
Fiesta celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth with a look at the maestro's love for Latin American music.
Fresh Music from Latin America
Host, Elbio Barilari, share some of his favorite works from living Latin American composers.
Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar
Fiesta pays tribute to one of the most famous and important symphonies in the world.
Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons”
The “Four Seasons in Buenos Aires”, by Astor Piazzolla, has become one of the most popular contemporary pieces, both, for tango music and classical music.
Few Spanish symphonies, if any, have found its place within the standard repertoire.
Darwin Noguera: Pianist and Composer
Elbio Barilari sits down with accomplished Nicaraguan pianist and composer Darwin Noguera, and he performs for us at the WFMT Studios.
Martha Argerich: Argentine Piano Master
One of the greatest living pianists, Martha Argerich’s career has brought her from Argentina to around the world. Fiesta pays tribute to this piano master and her long and fruitful career, including her performances of the giants of Latin American classical music.
From Piazzolla to Pelé, Music for the World Cup
Soccer (or fútbol, as it is called in Spanish) constitutes an important element of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese identity. Several composers, classical and popular, have dedicated memorable works to this sport and its emotions and feats.