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 sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries."


Music of Master Guitarist Abel Carlevaro: Carlevaro is a Uruguayan guitarist, teacher, composer, and founder of his own school of guitar technique. Today we will hear his Milonga Suite No. 1 and Carlevaro’s 5 Estudios, a tribute to Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.



A Fresh Look at the Brazilian Piano: Brazilian composers and pianists have established a long, brilliant tradition. Fiesta revisits the fascinating world of Brazilian piano music, including works by Camargo Guarnieri, Clarisse Leite, and Alexandre Levy.