Fiesta! is devoted to Latino concert music and presents artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to listeners. The creative force behind this series is Elbio Barilari, an acclaimed composer, musician, performer and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Uruguayan-born Barilari says, "Fiesta! features the hottest Latin-American music from the 16th to the 21st centuries."
Spain Before Albéniz: The influence of Isaac Albéniz on Spanish music, or at least in the perception posterity, has of Spanish music is undeniable. Albéniz has the reputation of being the "inventor" of Spanish musical nationalism, although Spain already had a strong musical tradition that includes both cosmopolitan and regional tendencies.
São Paulo State Symphony: Founded in 1954, the OSESP performs over 200 concerts a season and has over has recorded over 100 albums. We feature music from Mexico, Uruguay and, of course, Brazil.
LP Treasures: Some of the greatest treasures of Latin American music have been never released on CD. Fiesta digs into its dusty collection of LPs to bring you some unforgettable recordings.
Sonatas and Sonatinas: These very traditional forms were proclaimed dead at several points during the twentieth century. However, at the beginning of this new century they still enjoy good health and undeniable popularity among audiences and musicians. Join us for musical trip through three hundred years of sonatas and sonatinas.
Mi Amor: Fiesta presents classical Latin American music that takes on one of the greatest emotions, love. Join us, as we show how love is expressed musically in several Latin American countries. We will feature orchestral and chamber music from Cuba, Spain and Mexico.
Five Centuries of Latin American Music: Elbio introduces us to five hundred years of Latin American orchestral music, from the Baroque to the present day. Enjoy this one hour fiesta of sounds from Cuba, Paraguay, Uruguay and Mexico.
Latin American Art Songs: Fiesta explores the world of Latin American art songs. We will feature vocal music accompanied by strings, piano, guitar, and orchestra.