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."
Living Mexican Composers: Since the late nineteenth century and up to the present time, Mexico has produced several generations of magnificent composers. In this program we feature Federico Ibarra, Leonardo Coral, Manuel de Elías and Mario Lavista.
An Imaginary Concert 2: Periodically, Fiesta presents symphonic programs in which, instead of the so called "standard" repertoire, the listener can enjoy overtures, concerti, tone poems, symphonies and other orchestral pieces by amazing composers from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Wait and listen!
New-New Music 4: Many twenty-first century composers have broken the boundaries imposed by the so-called "experimental," "contemporary," or "new music" of the twentieth century. This is what Fiesta's host, Elbio Barilari, calls "New-New" music. Music that incorporates all the procedures and technical advances of twentieth century music but it is not afraid of taking from the past and is willing to explore the traditions of many different cultures.
LP Treasures: Some of the greatest treasures of Latin American music have been never released on CD. Fiesta digs into its LP collection to bring you some unforgettable recordings.
Three Latino Mozarts: There are at least three composers who can be considered Latin American or Spanish "Mozarts." Two were called Mozart by contemporaries: the eighteenth century's Chevalier de Saint Georges, and the nineteenth century's Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga. The third is the twentieth century Brazilian composer Camargo Guarnieri, whose first name actually was Mozart.
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.