Saturdays @ 9PM

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."


Sonatas and Sonatinas

These very traditional forms were proclaimed dead at several points during the 20th century. However, at the beginning of this new century they still enjoy good health and undeniable popularity among audiences and musicians. Join us for musical trip through three hundred years of sonatas and sonatinas.


Four Great Uruguayan Composers

Eduardo Fabini: Campo
Hector Tosar: Toccata for Orchestra
Leon Biriotti: Sinfonietta
Lamarque Pons: Ritimica de Tango: Tangos 1, 2 & 3
Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez: Batuque


A 19th Century Genius

Born in the 18th century as a citizen of the Portuguese Empire, Jose Mauricio de Nunez Garcia was a progressive priest with advanced democratic ideas and was a fantastic composer. He is considered a hero among the artists and intellectuals involved in the South American independence.


Spanish Music and Visual Arts

Spanish composers seem to have a strong predilection for the visual arts. One would say this is not surprising in a country that gave us Diego Velázquez, Goya and Picasso among many other first rate artists


Fresh Ink: Newly Composed Works

Astor Piazzolla/Octavio Brunetti: Etudes tanguistiques
Elmira Darvarova, violin; Octavio Brunetti, piano

Andrew Bergeron/Carmen Maret: Cabrales
Carmen Maret, flute; Andrew Bergeron, guitar; Christopher Martin, violin

Carmen Maret: Buenos Aires Cab Ride
Carmen Maret, flute; Andrew Bergeron, guitar; Christopher Martin, violin

Elbio Barilari: Toccata Gaucha
Susan Merdinger, piano; Hudson Fair, sound engineer


Music and Time

Time, of course, is a key element of music. Music develops itself in time. We talk about keeping time and beating time. Let's see how composers from different periods and countries dealt with the nature of time.


Three Brazilian Composers Who Are Not Villa Lobos!
When you have a giant like Heitor Villa Lobos, we all bow to him and his creative genius. Brazil has many other wonderful composers. Here are three: one from Manaus (on the banks of the Amazon River), and two from Sao Paulo.

Claudio Santoro: Sonata No. 4, Fantasia
Evan Mitchell, piano

Francisco Mignone: First Essay for String Quartet
Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Camargo Guarnieri: Sinfonia No. 5
Osesp, John Neschling, conductor

Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez: Batuque
Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Keri-Lynn Wilson, conductor


Music, Places, Memories

Despite periodic claims that musical work and their titles must be purified of extra-musical associations, viewed by purists as "romantic deviations," composers of all eras have written pieces that evoke a particular street, a neighborhood, a town, a river, a mountain.


Modern Harpsichord

The harpsichord sounds, to most ears, as an instrument exclusively related to music from the Baroque period. Spanish and Latin American composers from the 20th century, however, have written many pieces dedicated to the venerable instrument.


Gypsy Music and Gypsy Influences

Several thousand years ago the forebears of the present day Gypsy people left India. Their descendants have spread throughout the world and their cultural influence is still very vibrant, especially around the Mediterranean. Flamenco music has nurtured the inspiration of Spanish composers, even before Albéniz and to the current time.