Saturdays @ 9PM

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."


Fareed Haque: Conversations with the Guitar
American guitar player and composer Fareed Haque defies all boundaries. Born from a Pakistani father and a Chilean mother, he incorporates both identities into his music, as well his education as a classical guitar player and his expertise on the jazz field.
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Exiles and Émigrés
Displacement due to political causes has been sadly common throughout history. By force or by choice composers (and other artists) have abandoned their homeland to become exiles or migrants in a different country. Fiesta! examines the cases of Manuel de Falla exile in Argentina, Paul Bowles lifelong affair with Spain and Latin America and Conlon Nancarrow becoming an American-Mexican composer.
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The Choro Music of Brazil
“Choro is classical music played with bare feet and callus on the hands” – Aquiles Rique Reis, Brazilian singer. Long before samba music became a Brazilian icon, the musicians of Brazil were gathering around a table with beer and nibbles playing Choro music. Scholar and musician Julie Koidin introduces us to this urban music of the Fabvelas with recordings of Pixinguinha, Joaquim Callado, Carmen Miranda and Heitor Villa-Lobos.
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Rising Stars: Kaia String Quartet
Fiesta! features this exciting young string quartet. Listen to some tracks of their up-coming 1st CD and an interview with its members.
View a photo of the Kaia String Quartet.