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."
Living Mexican Composers: Mexico has been one of the powerhouses in Latin American music since the Colonial period. The biggest names on Mexican concert music are Manuel Ponce, Carlos Chávez and Silvestre Revueltas, joined more recently by Mario Lavista, the country's prestigious living composer. In recent times, Mexico has produced several generations of magnificent composers. In this program we feature Federico Ibarra, Leonardo Coral, Manuel de Elías and the aforementioned Mario Lavista.
Latin American Composers You Should Know: Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Chavez 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.
Music of the Night: Nocturnes and other music dedicated to the night have been present in the repertoire throughout history. Latin American and Spanish composers from all eras sang to the mystery of these magical hours.
Bang the Drum - Latin American Percussion Music: The birth of "classical" percussion music has a name and a date: Amadeo Roldan, 1930. The seminal Ritmicas by this Cuban pioneer inspired Edgar Varese to write his famous Ionization and a whole new musical field was born. Fiesta presents Latin American percussion pieces and works featuring percussion instruments in a prominent role.
A Visit to Mexico: For thousands of years, Mexico has been at the forefront of civilization and music in the Americas. This excursion south of the border will feature music from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries.
A Living Tradition - Baroque Music from Bolivia: While European Baroque music and composers were falling out of fashion and new musical trends came in place, in a remote corner of Bolivia those traditions never died. Listen to original Baroque music written by Bolivian composers while Elbio Barilari interviews musicologist Father Piotr Nawrot, one of the custodians of these extraordinary cultural inheritances.
Brazilian Guitar: From choro to bossa nova and everything in between, included the amazing guitar music composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazil has developed one of the strongest traditions related to this instrument.