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 16th to the 21st centuries."


Chamber Tango:  Tango was born around 1880 in Buenos Aires and Montevideo as dance music, but by the 1940s it was introduced to the concert hall.  Since then, tango has inspired many composers to write concert music for this globally popular dance.  We will feature some of the masters of tango including Astor Piazzolla, Luis Pasquet and Anibal Troilo.


Colonial Music from Latin America:  The vast treasure of colonial music coming from the archives of cathedrals from Brazil to California and from Peru to Mexico City has become a favorite among Fiesta's listeners.  Join us for a visit to the Baroque and Gallant music produced on this side of the Atlantic.


Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead):  Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has inspired music in the Latin America culture throughout history.  Often confused with Halloween in America, the Day of the Dead is about the honoring and paying tribute to one's ancestors.  On this episode of Fiesta we will explore music that celebrates the many facets of this holiday.


Roberto Sierra, Composer:  Puerto Rican Roberto Sierra is one of the most important living composers of classical music. Sierra's work draws from the twentieth century avant-garde and the nineteenth century romantic traditions alike and synthesized his European and Latino influences. Host Elbio Barilari will pick some of his favorite pieces from this composer's vast catalogue, including his Caribbean Rhapsody.


The "Other" Joaquin Rodrigo:  The tremendous popularity of Concierto de Aranjuez has made of Joaquin Rodrigo almost a "one piece composer" or a "composer for the guitar," which cannot be further from the truth.  In this program, Fiesta reviews vocal, piano and chamber music by this fantastic composer.


100 years of La Cumparsita:  Considered the anthem of tango music and one of the most popular tunes in history, La Cumparsita was composed in 1917 by Uruguayan pianist Gerardo Matos Rodriguez and premiered in Montevideo by the Argentine Orchestra of Roberto Firpo.  Since then, it has become the alternate national anthem of both countries and one of the most recorded pieces of all times.  We celebrate the 100 year anniversary of this song with music by Gerardo Matos Rodriguez and some very interesting versions of La Cumparsita.


The Latin American Express:  Elbio Barilari takes you on a musical tour of Latin America.  Featuring symphonic, chamber and vocal works, we will make stops in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. All aboard the Latin American Express!


Lost but Not Forgotten:  Throughout history, some composers reached immense popularity but were quickly forgotten, many times for reasons unknown. On this episode of Fiesta, we will remember some of the lost composers of Latin America and share some of their greatest music.


Music after Jorge Luis Borges:  The great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges exerts a particular fascination on composers from different parts of the world.  In this case, we will feature works based on Borges' narrations by composers such as Mario Lavista (Mexico), Diego Vega (Colombia) and Enric Riu (Catalonia/Spain).  Also, in 1965 Astor Piazzolla and Jorge Luis Borges released an LP with the title El Tango in which the champion of New Tango put music to Borges' poetry.


Latin American Christmas Carols:  A selection of villancicos, or Christmas carols, from Spain and Latin America will be featured on this Christmas themed program from Fiesta.  Join us for music that spans several centuries and a great diversity of influences and traditions.


Latin American Mix Tape:  Fiesta presents a selection of favorite works since the beginning of the program. We will feature some of the most important classical music of Latin America from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century.