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.
A 19th Century Genius: Jose Mauricio de Nunes Garcia
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Latin American Guitar Music
Guitar music is one of the strongest points of Latin American and Spanish music.
Latin American Colonial Music Treasures
Enjoy some of the many musical treasures found in the archives and cathedrals of Latin America. We will feature music from the 16th to 19th century that, in many cases, has not been heard for over two centuries.
Music of the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic enjoys a strong musical tradition, classical as well as popular.
Latin American Mix Tape 1
Fiesta presents a selection of the program’s favorite composers and works since the program started.
Mexican Composers: The Group of Four
As the Russian’s have their Group of Five and the French their Group of Six, Mexican music boasts the “Grupo de los Cuatro” or Group of Four.