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."


A Nineteenth Century Brazilian Opera: We will hear highlights from this romantic, rarely heard opera, Lo Schiavo, by the great Brazilian composer Carlos Gomes.  It is a love story of Americo, son of Count Rodrigo, and Ilara, who is being forced to marry another. 


Latino Salon:  Popular in Europe in the nineteenth century, salon music also made its way to Latin America. Featured on this program is salon music from Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil.


Hidden Jewels by Mozart Camargo Guarnieri:  Like Villa-Lobos, Guarnieri brought the music of Brazil to the concert stage through symphonies, operas, dance music and song. After all, with a name like Mozart what else could you be but a composer?


Baroque Music from Mexico, Peru and Brazil:  The music written and performed in Latin America during the Colonial period has become more popular in recent years. Today we will hear the similarities between Baroque Spanish and European music through Latin American folk music.


Latino Composers in the United States:  There is a rich history and presence of Latino composers in the United States. Today Fiesta presents music by young Latino composers, Roberto Sierra and Lena Fran.


Camerata de las Americas: Formed in Mexico in 1988, this virtuosic group has a large discography and has performed all over the world. Host Elbio Barilari will share some of his favorite recordings from this ensemble including their tribute to the great Mexican master Silvestre Revueltas.


Great Latino Virtuosi:  Host Elbio Barilari shares some of the great Latin American music with   artists Martha Argerich, Eduardo Fernandez, and Ana Maria Martinez. Be prepared to be wowed by this eclectic set of composers and performers.