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.

Palaces and Cathedrals

January 30, 2021

Latin American colonial music has been a well hidden treasure. But, in the last 20 years the world has discovered the wealth and variety of the scores and traditions of the fascinating Latin American baroque. We hear some of these lost works that have been kept in the palaces and cathedrals of Bolivia, Brazil, and Mexico.

12 Strings

January 23, 2021

Latin American and Spanish Music as recorded by famed guitarists Sharon Isbin & Eduardo Fernández. Included are works by Agustín Barrios, Carlos Chávez, Lamarque Pons, and a guitar trio version of Joaquín Rodrigo adagio from, Concierto de Aranjuez.

The Latin Side of Kronos Quartet

January 16, 2021

This prestigious string quartet has dedicated many recordings to the music on Latin America, including the original monumental piece, Astor Piazzolla’s “Tango Sensations”.

Brazilian Gala

January 9, 2021

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.

An Ideal Imaginary Concert

January 2, 2021

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.

Martha Argerich: Argentine Piano Master

January 1, 2021

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.

Orchestral Music from Mexico

December 26, 2020

Mexico has and always had an incredible number of great composers. Ever since the Colonial period, Mexican composers of the first rate have been contributing to music. Fiesta will look beyond the three titans of Mexican music, Manuel Ponce, Carlos Chávez and Silvestre Revueltas and  showcase composers from the present and the past that deserve to be better known.

Latin American Christmas Carols

December 19, 2020

A selection of villancicos or Christmas carols from Spain and Latin America are featured on this Christmas themed program from Fiesta. Join us for music that spans several centuries and a great diversity of influences and traditions.

Fresh Ink

December 12, 2020

Classical music in the 20th and 21st century has had a strong presence throughout Latin America.  Host, Elbio Barilari share some of the most interesting and beautiful music to come out of Latin America in the past decade.  Recent pieces by composers from Catalonia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Argentina, and Uruguay.

Alicia de Larrocha

December 5, 2020

Fiesta celebrates the legacy of the great Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha. We will share some of Elbio’s favorite recordings of this amazing artist.

Latin American Composers You SHOULD Know!

November 28, 2020

Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Chávez, and Alberto Ginastera are 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!

Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Spanish Music

November 21, 2020

Fiesta features a treasure of Spanish music from the 12th to the 18th century including the mysterious “Codex Calixtinus”.

3 Great Latin American Living Composers: Manuel Orrego Salas, Sergio Cervetti, and Arturo Márquez

November 14, 2020

We feature three living composers in this program the Mexican Arturo Márquez with his Danzón No. 7 and Chilean Manuel Orrego Salas’ Symphony No. 2 and Uruguayan Sergio Cervetti with his work, Consolamentum.

The Unknown Side of Pablo Sarasate

November 7, 2020

Spanish violin virtuoso and composer Pablo Sarasate is known for a couple of brilliant works. But his carrer is full of great compositions not know to many. Host, Elbio Barilari shares some music from the “unknown” side of Pablo Sarasate.

Music for El Día de los Muertos

October 31, 2020

El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has inspired much music in Latin American culture.

The Fiesta Time Machine

October 24, 2020

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.

Music for the Harp

October 17, 2020

This program of music for the Harp includes the wonderful “Suite Concertante” by Manuel Moreno‐Buendía.

A Visit to Mexico

October 10, 2020

For thousands of years Mexico has been at the forefront of civilization and music in the Americas. Elbio Barilari will be guiding this new excursion south of the border. We will feature music from the 17th to the 21st century.

Latin American Art Songs

October 3, 2020

Fiesta explores the world of Latin American art songs on out next program.  We will feature vocal music accompanied by strings, piano, guitar, and orchestra.

Chamber Tango

September 26, 2020

Since the 1950’s a segment of the tango music from Argentina and Uruguay has been evolving into the chamber music genre. Fiesta will feature some examples of this lively new tradition.