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.

Celebrating Camerata Punta del Este

May 11, 2019

Founded in the 1970’s, Camerata Punta del Este is a ground breaking ensemble bridging the gap between classical and popular music. Fiesta’s host, Elbio Barilari will guide us through the fascinating story of these musicians and play some of his favorite recordings.

Leonardo Balada: Composer

May 4, 2019

Leonardo Balada is, for many, the most important living Spanish composer. Fiesta dedicates a whole program to his work and thinking.

A Brazilian Concert

April 27, 2019

Brazil is, and has been, historically, one of the powerhouses of Latin American music. In this program, Fiesta features a completely imaginary concert of Latin American music covering over two centuries of music

The Music of Antonio Lauro

April 20, 2019

Venezuelan Antonio Lauro (1917-1986) is one of most popular Latin American composers for the guitar. Fiesta pays tribute to this Maestro of Venezuelan musical nationalism.

Danzón! The Music of Arturo Márquez

April 13, 2019

Together with José Pablo Moncayo’s “Huapango”, Arturo Marquez’s Danzón No.2 has become another non-official Mexican anthem and has garnered would wide fame. Fiesta will tell the story behind Marquez’s many danzón’s and we’ll feature a chamber work by this amazing composer.

LP Treasures: Louisville Orchestra Recordings

April 6, 2019

This week we dig through our old LPs and find rare and adventurous recordings made by the Louisville Orchestra of Blas Galindo, Joaquín Nin-Culmell, and Roberto Garcia Morillo.

Latin American Composers You SHOULD Know!

March 30, 2019

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!

Music from Haiti

March 23, 2019

Colonized by France, and the first country in Latin American to win its independence, Haiti is often neglected or forgotten in the context of the Latin American culture. However, it has a strong musical tradition. Fiesta will bring to the audience some of its most important composers.

Great Latin American Guitar Composers

March 16, 2019

Guitar music is one of the strengths of the Latin American repertoire.

Memories from Sefarad

March 9, 2019

Sefarad is the name the Spanish Jews gave to that land, thence their denomination as Sephardic people. Expelled from Spain alongside the Muslims, their culture, and their language, the Ladino, have been preserved in Northern Africa, Greece, Turkey and the Netherlands.

Two-Hundred Years of Solitude

March 2, 2019

Social struggle and conflict have punctuated the history of Latin America.  Art has always been a reflection of a society and music can be one of the most powerful. On this program, Elbio Barilari presents musical works linked to society and human landscapes.

Highlights from the 13th Chicago Latino Music Festival

February 23, 2019

The Chicago Latino Music Festival is the biggest classical music festival of its kind in the US. Featuring fantastic performers and a repertoire that goes from the Colonial period to the present.  The 13th edition of this festival had a focus on the guitar and featured players Eduardo Fernandez, Fareed Haque, and Ivan Resendiz.

Teresa Carreño, Composer

February 16, 2019

Born in Venezuela in 1853, Teresa Carreño was one the first Latin American women with an international career as a pianist, composer and teacher. Fiesta looks into the life and music of this piano virtuoso nicknamed the “Valkyrie of the Piano.”

Smiles and Tears

February 9, 2019

Humor in music is fun to do, but it is not easy to pull off.  This week we have a few great examples that even Mozart would laugh along with. 

The Sound and the Fury

February 2, 2019

Latin American classical music is full of passionate and emotional music.  Host, Elbio Barilari shares some of his most favorite composers who aren’t afraid to show the passion of their music.

Palaces and Cathedrals

January 26, 2019

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.

The Other Side of Moncayo

January 19, 2019

Fiesta explores the lesser known works of the great Mexican composer, José Pablo Moncayo.


January 12, 2019

Today a footnote in a history full, mostly, of Italian, German and French names, there were Latin American composers considered mega-stars in the opera houses of the 19th century.  Mexican Melesio Morales reached the height of his fame with his masterful opera Ildegonda. 

Great Latino Virtuosi

January 5, 2019

Host, Elbio Barilari shares some of the great Latin American music in the hands, lips, and throats of some of the most gifted Latino interpreters. 

Camerata de las Américas

December 29, 2018

One of the leading chamber ensembles dedicated to music written in the Americas, Camerata de las Américas, is the focus for this program. 

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