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.

Spanish Symphonies

July 28, 2018

Few Spanish symphonies, if any, have found its place within the standard repertoire.

Rhythms of South America

July 21, 2018

Fiesta explores the many rhythms and beats of South America.

Darwin Noguera: Pianist and Composer

July 14, 2018

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

July 7, 2018

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

June 30, 2018

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.

Sonatas from Latin America

June 23, 2018

The sonata is a musical term in use for almost four centuries. Latin American composers have also cultivated this venerable form. And on this program,Fiesta features an extravaganza of Latino sonatas, including music from Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina.

Latin American Saxophone

June 16, 2018

Though it is not the most prominent instrument in classical music, the saxophone is versatile and powerful.

The Latino Concert Hall

June 9, 2018

Join host, Elbio Barilari as he takes you on a musical tour of Latin American and Iberican concert music.  Featuring some of the greatest music written for the concert hall including the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Federico Moreno Torroba, and Manuel de Falla.

Spanish works for the piano performed by Spanish pianists

June 2, 2018

The romantic quality of Spain is embedded in many of the compositions to come out of the country, especially for the piano.  Host, Elbio Barilari chooses some of the greatest piano music from Spain and we feature three great Spanish pianists.

Opera Heroes

May 26, 2018

Today a footnote in a history full, mostly, of Italian, German and French names, there were Latin American composers that were considered mega-stars in the opera houses of the 19th century: Mexican Melesio Morales and Brazilian Antônio Carlos Gomes.

Best of the 2017 Chicago Latino Music Festival, Part 2

May 19, 2018

Fiesta continues its look into the 12th annual Chicago Latino Music Festival.

Best of the 2017 Chicago Latino Music Festival, Part 1

May 12, 2018

The Chicago Latino Music Festival is one of the largest classical music festivals to feature Latino music. 

Blas Galindo: Famous Unknown

May 5, 2018

Our program focuses on the monumental work of Blas Galindo as a symphonic composer as well as the author of some delicate and delightful chamber pieces.

Musical Treasures from Portugal

April 28, 2018

Portugal, once one of the mightiest nations in the world, boasts some amazing musical treasures.

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.