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."
The Group of Four: As the Russians have their Group of Five and the French their Group of Six, Mexican music boasts the Grupo de los Cuatro, or Group of Four. They are Daniel Ayala, Salvador Contreras, Blas Galindo and José Pablo Moncayo. We will feature music and stories of these great composers.
Latin American Mix Tape: Fiesta presents a selection of favorite composers and works since the program started. We will feature music from different countries and even different continents, from the sixteenth century to today.
Music of the Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic enjoys a strong musical tradition, classical as well as popular. On this program, you will listen to Dominican classical music, including the monumental First Piano Concerto by Michel Camilo.
Day of the Dead: Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has inspired much music in Latin American culture. Though closely associated with American Halloween festivities, El Día is actually a tradition centered around honoring and paying tribute to one's ancestors, who are believed to have a beneficial, watchful influence on the lives of their descendants. Today, we explore music that celebrates many facets of this holiday.
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 sixteenth to nineteenth century that, in many cases, has not been heard for over two centuries.
The First Opera on This Side of the Atlantic: La púrpura de la rosa (The Blood of the Rose) is an opera in one act, composed in Lima, Perú, by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco in 1701. The libretto is by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, the last great writer of the Spanish Golden Age. Fiesta dedicates this program to this rarely heard opera.
Latin American Guitar Music: Guitar music is one of the strongest points in Latin American and Spanish music. In this program, we include nineteenth century guitar music from Perú as well as selections from some of the most important Latin American guitar players from the past.
Sketches of Spain Revisited: In 1959, Miles Davis and Gil Evans put together a famous jazz version of the omnipresent Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo. Now the multi-talented composer, conductor, arranger and trumpeter Orbert Davis revisits the historical piece with an album that has received much critical acclaim.
South American Road Trip: From Colombia to Argentina and from Chile to Brazil, Fiesta features music representing different traditions and landscapes.
An Imaginary Concert 3: Imagine you are attending a symphonic concert in which, instead of hearing a piece from the so-called "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.
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 a selection of Leone's solo, chamber and orchestral works.