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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."


Back to PortugalFiesta pays another visit to the amazing past and present of Portuguese music. Elbio Barilari will share many hidden musical treasures from this musical country.


New Music from the Past:  Musical memory is a strange thing.  What is remembered and what is celebrated are often decided by the particular taste of one era or by chance. Hidden treasures from the past are being discovered every day.  This episode of Fiesta shares some of this new music from the past!


Piazzolla and the Guitar: Astor Piazzolla was a composer and a player of the bandoneon (the tango accordion). He also loved the guitar and was an expert writer for that instrument. Fiesta will share some of the great pieces for these instruments including the beautiful Double Concerto for Bandoneon and Guitar.


Latin American Living Composers: Talented living composers from Latin America include Leo Brouwer, Esteban Benzecry, Miguel del Aguila, Enrico Chapela, Ricardo Sierra and Tania Leon.  Today Fiesta will present selections from the music of these twenty-first century composers.


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!