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.


The Music of Antonio Lauro:  Twentieth-century Venezuelan Antonio Lauro is one of most popular Latin American composers for guitar.  Fiesta pays tribute to this Maestro of Venezuelan musical nationalism.  We will feature recordings from Eduardo Fernandez, John Williams and Pablo Villegas.


A Brazilian Concert:  Historically, Brazil has been one of the powerhouses of Latin American music.  In this program, Fiesta features an imaginary concert of Latin American music covering more than two centuries.  You'll hear works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Claudio Santoro and Alberto Nepomuceno.


Composer Leonardo Balada:  Leonardo Balada is, for many, the most important living Spanish composer.  Fiesta dedicates this program to his works.


Celebrating Camerata Punta del Este: Founded in the 1970s, Camerata Punta del Este is a groundbreaking ensemble bridging the gap between classical and popular music. Elbio Barilari will discuss the fascinating story of these musicians and play some of their recordings.


Flamenco SoundscapesFlamenco music from southern Spain has influenced many nationalistic Spanish composers as well as composers from other countries.  This program examines the flamenco influence on works from many Western countries.


Back to PortugalFiesta pays another visit to the amazing past and present of Portuguese music. Elbio Barilari will share many hidden musical treasures from this musical country.


New Music from the Past:  Musical memory is a strange thing.  What is remembered and what is celebrated are often decided by the particular taste of one era or by chance. Hidden treasures from the past are being discovered every day.  This episode of Fiesta shares some of this new music from the past!