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  • Hosted by Elbio Barilari

Fiesta! features the hottest Latin-American music from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Program host Elbio Barilari is your guide for this trip through the hidden treasures of Latino concert music, including the magical rhythms of Silvestre Revueltas and Heitor Villa-Lobos, or the symphonic tango; plus the series shares little-known wonders from the Latin-American Baroque and celebrates classical guitar through the music of Agustin Barrios, Antonio Lauro, Leo Brouwer, and more.

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Victor Iermito - Luthier

The Latin American guitar is highlighted this month (4/19).

(photo: Georges Braunschweig)

The Spanish conductor Jesús López Cobos, former Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Teatro Real in Madrid, has died at age 78.

Read about the Maestro López Cobos' long career which included serving as General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin from 1981 to 1990, Music Director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra from 1991 to 2000 and Music Director of the Teatro Real in Madrid from 2003 to 2010.


3/1          Fiesta’s 5th Anniversary Concert  Celebrating 5 years of Latin American classical radio, Fiesta hosted a special concert in Chicago on October 20, 2017, featuring Latin American works performed by KAIA String Quartet, guitarist Fareed Haque, and pianist Susan Merdinger. The concert was presented in
collaboration with Columbia College Chicago. This is a program you don’t want to miss!

The cellist, composer, arranger and conductor, whose career was inextricably linked with Piazzolla and the Nuevo Tango, died at 101 in Buenos Aires in July 2017.  We'll meet him this month (2/15)

2/1          20th and 21st Century Latin American Music Classical music in the 20th and 21st centuries has seen an explosion of music written by Latin American composers. In this program, host Elbio Barilari, shares some of his favorite contemporary works. Included in this program are pieces by Juan David Osorio, Miguel Del Aguila, and Florencia Di Concillo.

Fiesta!: January 2018

Dec 29, 2017
Color Magazine

Fiesta celebrates Latin American Women Composers this month.  Read about one group, Rumbarroco, whose mission it is to highlight these composers.

1/4    Music from Haiti Colonized by France, and the first country in Latin American to win its independence, Haiti is often neglected or forgotten in the context of the Latin American culture. Haiti, however, has a strong musical tradition. Fiesta will bring to the audience some of its most important composers.

December 2017: Fiesta

Nov 29, 2017
Huffington Post

12/7      Lost but Not Forgotten  Throughout history some composers reached immense popularity to just be quickly forgotten, many times for reasons unknown.  On this episode of Fiesta we will share some of the lost composer of Latin American and share some of their greatest music.

Fiesta!: November 2017

Oct 28, 2017
El Observador

Elbio Barilari celebrates the 100th anniversary of the anthem of tango music.


10/5      Miguel Del Águila: Uruguayan-American Composer  Host Elbio Barilari, speaks with his fellow countryman Miguel Del Águila about composing music in the 21st century, his early life in Uruguay, and his music output.  We will also feature some of his recently recorded pieces by the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Hat Trick Trio, and the TransAtlantic Ensemble. 

September 2017 Fiesta! programs

Sep 1, 2017
Mr. Franklin's Honors World Literature–Kevin Chen -

9/7        September 11th Remembered by Latino Composers  It has been said that the 20th century did not start until 1914. The 21st century started on September 11th of 2001. Fiesta will feature Latin American works that reflect on this day that changed our perception of the world in which we live.

August 2017 Fiesta! programs

Jul 28, 2017
Encyclopedia Britannica

  8/3        Choros N.11- A Masterpiece by Heitor Villa-Lobos- Part 1  The gargantuan Choros No.11, in three parts, by Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of the most ambitious works ever written for the combination of piano and orchestra. Listen to this monument of music together with other inspiring pieces by the Brazilian master.