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."
Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez introduces us to music of his country, and also plays works from Colombia and Paraguay. This varied program includes Tres Piezas Para Guitarra composed by Fiesta host, Elbio Barilari.
Gentil Montaña: Suite Number 4: Nostalgia Bogotana Bambuco, Porro, La Catedral
Agustin Barrios: Preludio, Andante religioso, Allegro solemne
Carlos Guastavino: Sonata para guitarra: 1, Allegro deciso e molto ritmico
Elbio Barilari: Tres piezas para guitarra
Jaurés Lamarque-Pons: Concertino de Invierno para guitarra, cuerdas y percussion
Ópera das Pedras: Opera of the Stones
A newly composed collective Brazilian opera based on the work of the artist Denise Milan and with the participation of composers/performers such as André Mehmari, Badi Assad, Carlinhos Antunes, Clarice Assad, Marco Antonio Guimarâes, Naná Vasconcelos, Tiago Pinheiro.
Living Mexican Composers
Historically, México, the largest and most populated of the Spanish speaking countries, has been a powerhouse of Latin American music. This is also true for the Mexican living composers. This program presents works by Mario Lavista, Federico Ibarra and others.
Three Latino Mozarts
There are at least three composers we can consider as the Latin American (and Spanish) Mozarts. Two of them were called "Mozarts" by their contemporaries: the eighteenth-century Chevalier de Saint Georges, born in the French-Caribbean island of Gaudaloupe, and the nineteenth-century Spanish-Basque Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga. The third one is the twentieth-century Brazilian composer Camargo Guarnieri whose first name actually was Mozart.
Latin American Music from the Southern Cone to Mexico
Framed by tangos, this program features Altar de Neon, a colorful orchestral work composed by Gabriela Ortiz about the Mexican holiday honoring the dead.
Luis Pasquet: Tangos in Red and Grey
(Camerata Punta del Este)
Mozart Camargo Guarnieri: A Flor de Tremembe
(Camerata de las Americans; Joe Sachs, conductor)
Gabriela Ortiz: Altar de Neon
(Camerata de las Americans; Enrique Arturo Diemecke, conductor)
Silvestre Revueltas: Planos
(London Symphony Orchestra; David Antherton, conductor)
Astor Piazzolla: From 6 Etudes, 2 Tanguistiques
(I-Jeng Yeh, flute; Fernando Cruz, piano; Latin American Music Center)
Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez: Batuque
(Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra; Keri-Lynn Wilson, conductor)
Revisiting Leo Brouwer
Cuban Leo Brouwer is among the most important living composers and no doubt about it, he is the most prestigious Latin American living composer. However, except for the inner circle of the guitar realm, Brouwer's music is scarcely known in the U.S. Fiesta! has been championing Brower's work and in this revisit we feature some jewels of his extensive catalogue.
Homenaje a Manuel de Falla
Manuel de Falla, the biggest name in Spanish music, had and still has a huge impact on Latin American music as well. As it is well known, he died in Argentina as an exile of Francisco Franco's fascist dictatorship, which has made him even more endearing for Latin Americans of all generations.