Saturdays @ 10PM

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." For more detailed information, visit the Fiesta! Web page.


Sonatas from Latin America:  The sonata form has been in use for almost four centuries.  Fiesta features an extravaganza of Latino sonatas from Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil.


Soccer and Music:  Soccer (or futbol, as it is called in Spanish) constitutes an important element of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese identity. Composers have dedicated both classical and popular works that reflect the emotions and feats of this sport.


Latin American Saxophone:  Though it is not the most prominent instrument in classical music, the saxophone is versatile and powerful.  Hear works by Latin American composers who have shown their love for this instrument, including Heitor Villa-Lobos, Paquito D’Rivera, and Roberto Sierra on Fiesta.


Rhythms of South America:  Hear  popular rhythms of the South American people on Fiesta.  Elbio Barilari hosts the concert as he shares some of his favorite rhythms introduced by classical composers for the concert hall.


Spanish Symphonies:  Few Spanish symphonies have found their place within the standard repertoire.  To make these works more widely known, Fiesta features the rich and charming Spanish symphonies by Tomas Breton and Teobaldo Power.


Piazzolla's Four Seasons:  The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires, by Astor Piazzolla, has become one of the most popular contemporary pieces for tango and classical music. Fiesta will present the story about this music and versions of this masterpiece.