Classical 91.5


Thursdays, 10 to 11pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at
  • 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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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.

July 2017 Fiesta! programs

Jun 29, 2017

7/6        Esta Tierra Es Mi Tierra: Latino Composers Reflect on the American Experience On this episode of Fiesta, we will share music about the immigrants’ journey and life in the United States. And our host, Elbio Barilari, will speak about his own experiences coming to America as well as other Latino composers who have made the US their home. Come celebrate Independence Day with us… Latino style!

Esta Tierra es Mi Tierra, 07/04/17, 1:00pm

Jun 19, 2017

Traditional Independence Day specials celebrate the great American classics, from pops-style musical numbers to the expansive works of Aaron Copland. This season, Esta Tierra es Mi Tierra: Latino Composers Reflect on the American Experience, brings a fresh and timely perspective on the holiday.

June 2017 Fiesta programs

May 26, 2017

6/1    Brazilian Guitar From choro to bossa nova and everything in between, included the amazing guitar music composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazil has developed one of the strongest traditions related to this instrument.

May 2017 Fiesta! listings

Apr 28, 2017

Almost the musical equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls, sever thousand baroque music scores were discovered in the south of Bolivia in 2001.  Found in two former Jesuit missions, scholars now cite that the biggest difference between European and Bolivian baroque music is the presence of joy and happiness.  Because after all, baroque music in Europe was a product of the Reformation.  Read more about the discovery of these scores and what is being done with them here.

April 2017 Fiesta! listings

Mar 31, 2017

4/6        Spanish Music and Visual Arts  Spanish composers seem to have a strong predilection for the visual arts. One would say this is not surprising in a country that gave us Diego Velázquez, Goya and Picasso among many other first rate artists. Enrique Granados composed his monumental “Goyescas” (after Francisco Goya) in 1911, as a piano suite and in 1915 used its movements as the skeleton for his opera of the same title. In this program we present a selection of the original piano suite recorded by Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Prats.

March 2017 Fiesta! listings

Feb 24, 2017

3/2        Latin American Art Songs - Fiesta explores the world of Latin American art songs on out next program. We will feature vocal music accompanied by strings, piano, guitar, and orchestra.

February 2017 Fiesta programs

Jan 27, 2017

Host Elbio Barilari digs through some dusty old LPs and shares the treasures he's found.