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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 Brazilian Concert:  Brazil has been one of the powerhouses of Latin American music.  In this program, Fiesta features over two centuries of Latin American music by Mauricio Nunez Garcia, Almeida Prado and Camargo Guarnieri.


Flamenco Soundscapes:  Flamenco music from southern Spain has influenced nationalistic Spanish composers, as well as those from France to Russia.  Today Fiesta features Flamenco Soundcapes throughout western music.


Symphonic Music of Carlos Chavez:  Host Elbio Barilari presents the best-known works of Carlos Chavez as well as some hidden treasures.  Join us for music from one of the greatest Latin-American composers of the twentieth century.


Teresa Carreno:  Born in Venezuela in 1853, Teresa Carreno was one the first Latin American women with an international career as a pianist, composer and teacher.  This week, Fiesta explores the life and music of this virtuoso nicknamed the "Valkyrie of the Piano."


Chamber Tango:  The Tango and Montevideo were begun around 1880 in Buenos Aires as dance music and were later introduced to the concert hall.  Today Fiesta will feature selected masters of tango including Astor Piazzolla, Luis Pasquet and Anibal Troilo.


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