Fiesta Latin-American Music with Elbio Barilari

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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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Music of the Night

May 6, 2017

Nocturnes have been composed since the 18th century. Even before the first nocturnes were written, the night and its attributes, like the moon and the stars, have been inspired musicians as well as poets and painters. These romantic endeavors have continued into the 21st century.

Latin American Composers You Should Know!

April 29, 2017

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

20th Century Masters

April 22, 2017

Latin America has long history of “concert” music that started in the 16th century. However, it is possible to say that the 20th has been THE century of Latin American music.

Easter 2017

April 15, 2017

Latin America has developed its own and strong Easter musical traditions. Fiesta pay visits to this deep and fresh water well of pieces and songs from different latitudes. Featuring Colonial Music from South America as well as Spain!

Flamenco Music

April 8, 2017

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.

The Fiesta Time Machine

March 25, 2017

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.

Epic Masterpieces

March 18, 2017

This week, host Elbio Bariliari, chooses some of his favorite long form orchestral pieces! Be prepared as we take an epic journey into the music of Latin America.

A 19th Century Genius: Jose Mauricio de Nunez Garcia

March 11, 2017

Born in the 18th century as a citizen of the Portuguese Empire, Jose Mauricio de Nunez Garcia was a progressive priest with advanced democratic ideas and was a fantastic composer.

Latin American Art Songs

March 4, 2017

Fiesta explores the world of Latin American art songs on this program. We will feature vocal music accompanied by strings, piano, guitar and orchestra. Including the voice of Anna Netrebko, José Cura, and Margarita Pruneda.

Five Centuries of Latin American Music

February 25, 2017

Host, Elbio Barilari introduces us to five hundred years of Latin American orchestral music. From the Baroque period composer, Domenico Zipoli to the present day Arturo Marquez. Come with us as we visit Bolivia, Cuba, Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico.

OSESP: São Paulo State Symphony

February 4, 2017

Host, Elbio Barilari, picks some of his favorite recordings from the monumental São Paulo State Symphony from Brazil! Founded in 1954 by João de Sousa Lima the OSESP performs over 200 concerts a season and has over has recorded over 100 albums.

Sonatas and Sonatinas

January 28, 2017

These very traditional forms were proclaimed dead at several points during the 20th century. However, at the beginning of this new century they still enjoy good health and undeniable popularity among audiences and musicians.

Spain Before Albéniz

January 21, 2017

The influence of Isaac Albéniz on Spanish music, or at least in the perception posterity has of Spanish music is undeniable. Composers such as Enrique Granados, Joaquín Turina, Manuel de Falla and Joaquín Rodrigo, just to name a few, have been under Albéniz’s direct or indirect spell.

The French Connection

January 14, 2017

Take an intercontinental journey with Fiesta as Elbio 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.

New-New Music 6

January 7, 2017

Many 21st century composers have broken the boundaries imposed by the so called “experimental”, “contemporary”, or “new music” of the 20th century. This is what Fiesta’s host, Elbio Barilari, calls “New-New” music

The Music of Gustavo Leone

December 31, 2016

With works commissioned by ensembles including the Grant Park Festival Orchestra and the Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán, Argentinean composer Gustavo Leone now teaches at the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago. This program features his selected solo, chamber and orchestral works.

Latin American Christmas Carols

December 24, 2016

A selection of villancicos or Christmas carols from Spain and Latin America. We will present music that spans several centuries and a great diversity of influences and traditions.

An Imaginary Concert 3

December 17, 2016

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.

South American Road Trip

December 10, 2016

From Colombia to Argentina and from Chile to Brazil, Fiesta features music representing different traditions and landscapes.

Sketches of Spain Revisited, with guest Orbert Davis

December 3, 2016

In 1959 Miles Davis and Gil Evans put together a famous jazz version of the omnipresent Concierto de Aranjuez, by Joaquin Rodrigo. Now, multi-talented composer/conductor/arranger/trumpeter Orbert Davis revisits the historical piece with an album that has received much critical acclaim.