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."


On Fiesta today we explore the wide range of orchestral sounds of twentieth century Brazilian composer Camargo Guarnieri, including his Piano Concerto No. 3 and Symphony No. 6.


Fiesta of the Guitar:  This week's program celebrates a wide range of Latin American guitar music. We explore the thriving crossover of classical style, popular, folk and cultural themes.


Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has inspired music in Latin America culture throughout history.  This episode of Fiesta features music celebrating the holiday that honors one's ancestors.


Latin American Chamber Festival:  Host Elbio Barilari presents some of his favorite chamber works, including Madrigal by the Mexican composer Carlos Chavez, and the Violin Sonata by Brazilian Breno Brauth.


Fresh Ink:  Host Elbio Barilari shares interesting and beautiful music of Latin America from the past decade, including Esteban Benzecry's Clarinet Concerto and Gabriella Ortiz's Estudios entre preludios.


The Orchestral World of Astor Piazzolla:  Piazzolla revolutionized the nuevo tango by integrating jazz and classical elements into the traditional tango.  More obscure are his pure classical works, which are featured in this week's program.


Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico:  Founded by conductor Enrique Batiz in 1971, the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico is one of the most important orchestras in the world. They have travelled worldwide and are great supporters of Latin American music.  Host Elbio Barilari presents favorite Latin American compositions recorded by this distinguished orchestra.