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
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.
José Serebrier, composer
Uruguayan born José Serebrier is widely known by his stellar career as a conductor of international reputation. Mr. Serebrier, however, deserves has much recognition for his formidable work as a composer.
Mi Alma Mexicana/Mexican Orchestral Music
This release truly represents what Mexican culture is; not only the well-known picture of folklore, cuisine, colors and breathtaking landscape that amaze visitors, but the modern Mexico, eclectic and baroque in every sense of the word: a rich spectrum of possibilities and exquisite taste. Mi Alma Mexicana is a Sony recording by Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas with Alondra de la Parra conducting.
The Sound of the Pampas
The Pampas, the huge plains that extend throughout the southern part of Brazil, Uruguay and central Argentina, are (or were) the domains of the gauchos, the southern cowboys. Since the last decades of the 19th century, composers from Rio de la Plata have been reflecting that sonic world with the tools of the symphonic music. These program features music by Alberto Ginastera, Julián Aguirre and Eduardo Fabini among others.