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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." For more detailed information, visit the Fiesta! Web page.


Teresa Carreno, Composer:  Born in Venezuela in 1953, Teresa Carreno 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."


Best of the Chicago Latino Music Festival:  The Chicago Latino Music Festival is the biggest of its kind, featuring world-class performers in a repertoire spanning the Colonial period to the present. The festival showcases soloists and chamber music, symphonic works, and even opera and ballet.  This week's program presents highlights from the thirteenth year of this colorful festival.


Two Hundred Years of Solitude:  Social struggle and conflict have been significant factors in the history of Latin America. Art in general can be a meaningful reflection of such events, and music can be one of the most powerful.  On this program Elbio Barilari presents musical works linked to society and human experiences.


Memories from Sefarad:  Sefarad, the Spanish Jews, were expelled from Spain alongside the Muslims. Their culture and their language, however, have been preserved in Northern Africa, Greece, Turkey and the Netherlands. Over several hundred years many Sephardies migrated to the Americas in Mexico, the U.S., Argentina and Uruguay. Today there is also a strong Sephardic community in Israel. Fiesta's program includes music of this rich tradition.


Great Latin-American Guitar Composers:  Guitar music is one of the strengths of the Latin-American repertoire. Composers from around the world developed and transformed guitar music in Latin America. Fiesta pays another visit to the guitar treasures of the Americas with composers Leo Brouwer, Maximo Diego Pujol and Antonio Lauro.


Music from Haiti:  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 and this program presents some of its most important composers.


Latin-American Composers You SHOULD Know:  Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Chavez and Alberto Ginastera are popular Latin-American composers. On this episode of Fiesta, we feature other Latin American composers that you should know.


LP Treasures - Louisville Orchestra Recordings:  This week we explore our old LPs with rare recordings of music by Blas Galindo, Joaquin Rodrigo, and Roberto Garcia-Morillo that were performed by the Louisville Symphony Orchestra.