Saturdays @ 6PM

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."


More New-New Music:  During the last century a huge number of Western composers took a direction that divorced them from their potential audiences and entrenched them in university jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.  Well-sheltered in their academic cocoons of so-called "avant-garde," "experimental," "contemporary," or "new" music these composers carefully shepherded successive generations in strict observance of this tradition, over a hundred years old by now.  Around the 1980s however, some composers, most of them in the west side of the Atlantic, started to challenge and defy the dry orthodoxy of "contemporary music."  By the first decade of the 21st century, these mavericks have, finally, opened the windows to a new breeze of music that it is not afraid of beauty, or of its links with the traditions of western music and other world traditions, and does not reject experiments either, especially successful ones.  This is called New-New Music.


An Imaginary concert:  Let's pretend that you go to your local orchestra hall and instead of the usual concert menu, you get to listen to a nineteeth-century overture by Brazilian composer José Mauricio Nunes Garcia, a concerto for four guitars and orchestra by Spanish composer Moreno Torroba featuring the Romero family, a symphonic percussion piece by Cuban composer Amadeo Roldán, and a symphony by Mexican composer Candelario Huízar inspired on the Aztec culture.  Take your seat and enjoy!


Conductor Carlos:  Elbio Barilari welcomes friend and fellow Uruguayan Carlos Kalmar to talk about his orchestras and life as a conductor.


O Guarani:  Premiered at La Scala Theater in Milan in May of 1870 under its Italian title of Il Guarany, this opera by Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Gomes was enthusiastically praised by reviewers, audiences and composers such as Verdi and Liszt.  This also marked the starting point of a successful Italian career for Gomes both as a composer and as a music director.  Our program features an outstanding recording with Plácido Domingo and Verónica Villarroel in the leading roles.


The Music of Sergio Cervetti:  Sergio Cervetti left his native Uruguay in 1962 to study composition in the United States.  Cervetti was Master Teacher of Music at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.  Cervetti's works range from the acoustic to the electronic, and deftly blend folk elements, European tradition and minimalist aesthetics.  After an early brush with twelve-tone and minimalism, imbuing minimalism with melody, his current approach is free and flexible.  As much of a traditionalist as an innovator, he continues to straddle musical worlds with new works that showcase a post-modern synthesis of techniques from diverse periods as well as his rich South American heritage.


Classical Tango:  Since the 1920s Argentine and Uruguayan composers have been using tango as a tool for breaking the wall between popular and classical music.  Tango musicians and classically trained composers have put together an impressive body of works in the Classical Tango style.  This program showcases some of their accomplishments, including a new recording by guitarist Berta Rojas with Camerata Bariloche and a fresh version of Jose Bragato's masterpiece "Graciela and Buenos Aires."


Music from Catalonia:  This hour we will feature three twentieth century composers from Catalonia: Xavier Montsalvatge, Federico Mompou and Leonardo Balada.