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."


Baroque Music from the New World: The music written and performed in Latin America during the Colonial period has become more popular in recent years. Even before these treasures were rediscovered, composers from the region showed interest in the strong connections between Spanish and European music.


Great Brazilian Pianists:  Brazil has always had a strong tradition of great pianists.  This program features some of the most accomplished Brazilian pianists, among them Nelson Freire, Arnaldo Cohen and Arthur Moreira Lima.


Esta Tierra Es Mi Tierra - Latino Composers Reflect on the American Experience:  Music that reflects the American experience has been written by both Latino composers born in the United States and those that migrated from Latin America. On this episode of Fiesta we will share music about the immigrants' journey and their life in the United States. Come celebrate Independence Day with us… Latino style!


Fiesta CD Grab Bag:  The ever-expanding musical collections from around the world joyously overwhelm us and we are amazed by the level of talent and artistry. Today we are thrilled to share some of this music with our listeners.


Mexican Violin: Host Elbio Barilari talks with young Chicago violinist Alan Snow about great composers for the violin from Mexico. Mr. Snow will also perform for us.


Paquito D'Rivera Visits Fiesta: The multi-Grammy Award winning clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Paquito D'Rivera will discuss his career and his plans for the future. We will also feature a variety of Paquito's music


Music from Galicia:  On this program, Fiesta features selections from Galicia, an area of northern Spain that has its own language -- the gallego -- and embraces its ancestral Celtic traditions.