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."


A Visit to Mexico:  For thousands of years, Mexico has been at the forefront of civilization and music in the Americas.  This excursion south of the border will feature music from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries.


A Living Tradition - Baroque Music from Bolivia:  While European Baroque music and composers were falling out of fashion and new musical trends came in place, in a remote corner of Bolivia those traditions never died.  Listen to original Baroque music written by Bolivian composers while Elbio Barilari interviews musicologist Father Piotr Nawrot, one of the custodians of these extraordinary cultural inheritances.


Brazilian Guitar:  From choro to bossa nova and everything in between, included the amazing guitar music composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazil has developed one of the strongest traditions related to this instrument.


Best of the Latino Music Festival 2016:  The Chicago Latino Music Festival is the biggest of its kind, featuring world-class performers playing repertoire from the Colonial period to the present and from soloist and chamber music to symphonic works and even opera and ballet.


Postcards from South America:  Natural, urban and human landscapes have inspired composers throughout history.  Fiesta features some of the most fascinating postcards from South America:  music from Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.


Brazilian Gala:  In this program we feature a tribute to the most beloved Brazilian popular songs featuring the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Banda Mantiqueira.


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 twentieth century, however, have written many pieces for the venerable instrument.