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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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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.

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.