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."


Claudio Santoro - Brazilian Composer:  Claudio Santoro was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.  Fiesta will feature a selection of his work, from songs and chamber music to full scale orchestra pieces.


Fiesta Sessions:  Guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, the stellar Kaia String Quartet and virtuoso pianist Susan Merdinger have recorded exclusive sessions for Fiesta.  Be the first to listen to these recordings made just for Fiesta.


Touch of Nature:  Fiesta again explores how Latin American composers have interpreted nature in music.  Forests, jungles, mountains, and coastlines all have their unique sound.


Homenaje a Manuel de Falla:  One of the giants of twentieth century music, Manuel de Falla was born in 1876 in Spain and died as a political exile in Argentina in 1946.  Fiesta starts the review of the less known areas of Manuel de Falla's magnificent catalogue.


Colonial Music in Latin America:  Early music, the Baroque and Gallant styles were practiced in Latin America by European masters as well as composers born in Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia.  On this Fiesta we find more treasures of colonial music.


Edino Kriger, Composer:  Outside his native Brazil, Edino Krieger is mostly known for his substantial work for the piano.  But he was also a very imaginative orchestrator.