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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."


Guitarist Alvaro Pierri:  Coming from a family of guitar players and guitar teachers, Alvaro Pierri is one of today's most prestigious classical guitarists.  On this episode of Fiesta, Pierri perform solo guitar pieces and with instrumental ensembles.


Great Brazilian Pianists:  Brazil has always had a strong tradition of great pianists. On this program, Fiesta features some of the most accomplished Brazilian pianists, including Nelson Freire, Arnaldo Cohen, Caio Pagano, Arnaldo Estrelha and Arthur Moreira Lima.


Travels to Sepharad:  Jewish Sephardic music is one of the most fascinating music styles to come out of Spain. Today we will share recordings of this lesser-known style of music.


Celebrating Women Composers:  This episode of Fiesta recognizes a great number of women composers from Latin America.  Among them are Gisela Hernandez (Cuba), Maria Granillo (Mexico), and Modesta Bor, Maria Luisa Escobar and Adina Izarra (Venezuela).


Afro-Latin American Music:  This week Fiesta presents music that reflects the experience of Afro-Latin composers including Francisco Mignone (Brazil) and Amadeo Roldan (Cuba).


Leo Brouwer Plays the Guitar:  Composer Leo Brouwer is considered one of the greatest guitar players in the world.  On this episode of Fiesta, we will hear Brower perform some of his most famous works as well as music by other composers.