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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La Guitarra

April 21, 2018

Host, Elbio Barilari, takes you on a journey through the wide range of Latin American guitar music.

Colonial Music from Perú and Brazil

April 14, 2018

The Viceroyalty of Perú and the Portuguese colonies in Brazil were home to some of the most prominent composers from the colonial period, and yet many of them are still unknown. Fiesta pays tribute these fantastic composers and sheds light on music from over 300 years ago.

Impressions of Nature

April 7, 2018

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

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.

Latin American Song

March 24, 2018

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

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. 

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.

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

Leo Brouwer Once Again| featuring his arrangements of 7 Beatles songs

February 10, 2018

Fiesta will visit once more the work of the most important Latin American living composer: Cuban, Leo Brouwer.

20th and 21st Century Latin American Music

February 3, 2018

Classical music in the 20th and 21st centuries have seen an explosion of music written by Latin American composers.  In this program, host Elbio Barilari, shares some of his favorite contemporary works.

Villa-Lobos: Folk Traveler

January 27, 2018

Host, Elbio Barilari takes you on a journey through Brazil with the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos. 

6 Musical Works by Latina Composers Everyone Should Know

January 20, 2018

Fiesta pays tribute to the many female composers of Latin America.

The Magical Palette of Edino Krieger

January 13, 2018

Outside his native Brazil, Edino Krieger is mostly known for his substantial work for the piano. But he was also a very imaginative orchestrator.

Island Hopping: A Musical Getaway to the Canary Islands and the Caribbean

January 6, 2018

Host, Elbio Barilari takes you on a musical trip to the many islands in Latin America and Spain.  Featuring some of his favorite composers, we will visit the Canary Islands, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Haiti.

Latin American Mix Tape 2

December 30, 2017

Fiesta presents a selection of the program’s favorite composer and works since the beginning of the program. We will be featuring some of the most important classical music of Latin America from the 16th to the 21st century.

Latin American Christmas Carols 2017

December 23, 2017

A selection of villancicos or Christmas carols from Spain and Latin America will be featured on this Christmas themed program from Fiesta.

Lost but Not Forgotten

December 9, 2017

Throughout history some composers reached immense popularity to just be quickly forgotten, many times for reasons unknown.  On this episode of Fiesta we will share some of the lost composers of Latin American and share some of their greatest music.

The Latin American Express

December 2, 2017

Join host, Elbio Barilari as he takes you on a musical tour of Latin America. 

100 Years of “La Cumparsita” | Hear 10 versions of the most popular tango of all time

November 25, 2017

Considered the anthem of tango music and one of the most popular tunes in history, "La Cumparsita" was composed in 1917 by Uruguayan pianist Gerardo Matos Rodríguez.

The “other” Joaquín Rodrigo

November 18, 2017

The tremendous popularity of “Concierto de Aranjuez” has made of Joaquín Rodrigo almost a “one piece composer” or a “composer for the guitar,” which cannot be farther from the truth.  In this program Fiesta! reviews vocal, piano and chamber music by this fantastic composer.