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.


Fiesta Goes to the Movies:  During the Golden Age of Hollywood, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and other Latin American countries developed their own movie industries.  Almost every important Latin American composer from the last hundred years has composed film music, such as Heitor Villa-Lobos in Brazil, Silvestre Revueltas in Mexico and Leo Brouwer in Cuba.


Camerata de las Americas:  One of the leading chamber ensembles dedicated to music written in the Americas, Camerata de las Americas, is the focus for this program.  Formed in Mexico in 1988, this virtuosic group has a large discography and has performed all over the world.  Elbio Barilari will share some of his favorite recordings from this ensemble, including their tribute to the great Mexican master, Silvestre Revueltas.


Latin American Christmas Carols 2018:  A selection of villancicos, or Christmas carols, from Spain and Latin America will be featured on this holiday program.  The music spans several centuries and shows a great diversity of influences and traditions.


Great Latino Virtuosi:  Elbio Barilari shares performances by many gifted Latino artists, such as Martha Argerich, Eduardo Fernandez and Ana Maria Martinez.


A Treasure of Latin American Opera - Ildegonda:  Well-known nineteenth century opera composers have come from Italy, Germany, France and Latin America.  During this program we will hear a historical recording of the masterful opera Ildegonda by Mexican composer Meliesio Morales.


The Other Side of Moncayo:  Mexican composer Jose Pablo Moncayo is widely known for his symphonic work Huapango.  This piece has become so popular that it is like a second Mexican anthem.  This episode of Fiesta explores some of Moncayo's larger scale works that are lesser known.


Palaces and CathedralsLatin American music from the colonial era has experienced a revival over the last twenty years with the discovery of music from this time period.   On this week's program, we hear some of these treasures that have been kept in the palaces and cathedrals of Bolivia, Brazil and Mexico.


The Sound and the Fury:  Latin American classical music is full of passion and emotion.  This week, Elbio Barilari shares some of his most favorite composers who aren't afraid to show this passion through their music. Included on this program are composers Claudio Santoro, Mario Lavista and Alberto Ginastera.