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."


Rebel and Composer Rodolfo Halffter: In the 1930s Spanish-Mexican composer, Rodolfo Halffter was a member of the Spanish “Group of the Eight”, a group of composers and musicologists who opposed musical conservatism. He lived in Mexico as a political exile and became a major part of Mexico’s musical scene. We’ll hear music from his Ballet Suite “La Madrugada del Panadero” and his Violin Concerto.



Ricardo Castro: Romanticism in Mexico: Ricardo Castro, a late nineteenth-century romantic composer, toured and taught from New York to Leipzig. This program will feature his symphonic music as well as a piano concerto with soloist Jorge Federico Osorio.



Braga Santos, Portuguese Composer: A prolific 20th-century composer, Joly Braga Santos wrote three operas, chamber music, film scores, and several choral works based on poems from Portuguese and Spanish poets. Today we will hear his ballet score, Alfama.