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 sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries."


KAIA String Quartet: the KAIA String Quartet has just released a recording that features music by Jose Bragato and Astor Piazzolla. The quartet will join us in the studio and perform selections from the new album.


Classical Tango 2:  Since the 1920s, classical composers have found inspiration in the urban music from Rio de la Plata. Today we will hear an archive recording of tango classics by Raul Jaurena and his quintet.


Latina Composers: Even in the nineteenth century, there were Latin American women defying gender barriers in music and composition, and since then that trend has only intensified.  This week, Fiesta presents a selection of music by great Latina composers.


Choral Music of Latin America: Choral music has always been a part of Latin America's musical identity. This week's program highlights some of the great Latino composers of this art form.


The Great Alberto Ginastera: One of the greatest twentieth century composers, Alberto Ginastera wove characteristics of Latin American music seamlessly into his compositions. This week's episode of Fiesta will share some favorite recordings of Ginastera.


Touch of Nature: Fiesta explores how Latin American composers have interpreted the unique sounds of nature in music, including forests, jungles, mountains and coastlines.


The Latin American Cello: Powerful and beautiful, the cello has been an instrument beloved by Latin American composers. On this program we will share some of the greatest cello music by Latino composers including Francisco Mignone, Carlos Chavez and Astor Piazzolla.