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."
Latin American Guitar Music: Guitar music is one of the strongest points in Latin American and Spanish music. In this program, we include nineteenth century guitar music from Perú as well as selections from some of the most important Latin American guitar players from the past.
South American Road Trip: From Colombia to Argentina and from Chile to Brazil, Fiesta features music representing different traditions and landscapes.
An Imaginary Concert 3: Imagine you are attending a symphonic concert in which, instead of hearing a piece from the so-called "standard concert repertoire," the orchestra starts with a colorful Latino overture, continues with a fantastic Latino concerto and tops the evening with a full scale Latino symphony.
The Music of Gustavo Leone: With works commissioned by ensembles including the Grant Park Festival Orchestra and the Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán, Argentinean composer Gustavo Leone now teaches at the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago. This program features a selection of Leone's solo, chamber and orchestral works.