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."
South American Road Trip: From Colombia to Argentina and from Chile to Brazil, Fiesta features music representing different traditions and landscapes.
Mi Amor: Fiesta presents classical Latin American music that takes on one of the greatest emotions, love. Join us, as we show how love is expressed musically in several Latin American countries. We will feature orchestral and chamber music from Cuba, Spain and Mexico.
Five Centuries of Latin American Music: Elbio introduces us to five hundred years of Latin American orchestral music, from the Baroque to the present day. Enjoy this one hour fiesta of sounds from Cuba, Paraguay, Uruguay and Mexico.
Latin American Art Songs: Fiesta explores the world of Latin American art songs. We will feature vocal music accompanied by strings, piano, guitar, and orchestra.
A Nineteenth Century Genius: Born a citizen of the Portuguese Empire, Jose Mauricio de Nunez Garcia was a progressive priest with advanced democratic ideas and was a fantastic composer. He is considered a hero among the artists and intellectuals involved in the South American independence.
Epic Masterpieces: This week features some favorite long form orchestral pieces that take listeners on an epic journey into the music of Latin America.
The Fiesta Time Machine: Fiesta goes back in time to present some of the best Latin American classical music from different eras. We will feature music from the Colonial, Romantic and Contemporary eras of classical music and see how they all tie together.
Flamenco Music: Spanish flamenco music blends influences from such diverse backgrounds as India, the Arab world and the gypsies. In this hour we feature the many paths of flamenco from the pop world to the concert hall.