Fiesta!

Series produced by The WFMT Radio Network

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Fiesta! is an original production devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to your listeners.

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This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast through March 31, 2020. The program runs continuously year-round.

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact:
Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112

Fiesta! is an original production devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to your listeners.
The acclaimed composer, musician, performer, and professor Elbio Barilari is the host and creative force behind this series. He invites listeners to enjoy and learn about the lively and compelling sounds of Latin American classical music.

Fiesta! provides a valuable platform for the sound, culture, and history of classical music in Latin America. Barilari enriches our listeners by introducing them to a genre that does not typically receive much exposure. Fiesta! fosters an appreciation for Latin American classical music and creates a meeting place for listeners of diverse backgrounds.

“Fiesta!” says the Uruguayan-born composer Elbio Barilari, “features the hottest Latin-American music from the 16th to the 21st centuries.” Mr. Barilari, a faculty member of the University of Illinois at Chicago, is at the helm for this trip through the hidden pleasures of Latino concert music, including the magical rhythms of Silvestre Revueltas and Heitor Villa-Lobos and the power of symphonic tango. Plus, the series shares little-known treasures from the Latin-American Baroque, and celebrates classical guitar through the music of Agustin Barrios, Antonio Lauro, and Leo Brouwer.

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Please login to PRX.org to preview program audio.This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast through March 31, 2020. The program runs continuously year-round. If you have any questions or require more information, please contact: Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112Fiesta! is an original production devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to your listeners.The acclaimed composer, musician, performer, and professor Elbio Barilari is the host and creative force behind this series. He invites listeners to enjoy and learn about the lively and compelling sounds of Latin American classical music.Fiesta! provides a valuable platform for the sound, culture, and... Show full description


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88 Pieces

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Latin American colonial music has been a well-hidden treasure. But in the last 20 years the world has discovered the wealth and variety of the scor...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Latin American classical music is full of passionate and emotional music. Host, Elbio Barilari shares some of his most favorite composers who aren’...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Humor in music is fun to do, but it is not easy to pull off. This week we have a few great examples that even Mozart would laugh along with. Starti...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Born in Venezuela in 1953, Teresa Carreño was one the first Latin American women with an international career as a pianist, composer and teacher. F...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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The Chicago Latino Music Festival is the biggest on its kind, featuring every year world-class performers in a repertoire that goes from the Coloni...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Social struggle and conflict have punctuated the history of Latin America. Art has always been a reflection of a society and music can be one of th...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Sefarad is the name the Spanish Jews gave to that land, thence their denomination as Sephardic people. Expelled from Spain alongside the Muslims, t...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Guitar music is one of the strengths of the Latin American repertoire. Composers from all countries built on the strong traditions inherited from E...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Host, Elbio Barilari sits down with young Chicago violinist Alan Snow. They will speak about some of the great composer of the violin from Mexico a...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Chávez, and Alberto Ginastera are the figureheads at the prow of the Latin American music ship. On this episode of Fiest...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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This week we dig through our old LPs and find rare and adventurous recordings made by the Louisville Orchestra of Blas Galindo, Joaquin Rodrigo, an...

  • Added: Mar 18, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Together with José Pablo Moncayo’s “Huapango”, Arturo Marquez’s Danzón N.2 has become another non-official Mexican anthem and has garnered world-wi...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Together with José Pablo Moncayo’s “Huapango”, Arturo Marquez’s Danzón N.2 has become another non-official Mexican anthem and has garnered world-wi...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Brazil is, and has been, historically, one of the powerhouses of Latin American music. In this program, Fiesta features a whole imaginary concert o...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Leonardo Balada is, for many, the most important living Spanish composer. Fiesta dedicates a whole program to his work and thinking.

  • Added: Apr 10, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Founded in the 1970s, Camerata Punta del Este is a groundbreaking ensemble bridging the gap between classical and popular music. Fiesta’s host, Elb...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Flamenco music from Southern Spain has been very influential not just in the music of nationalistic Spanish composers but also in inspiring compose...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Fiesta pays another visit to the amazing past and present of Portuguese music. Host Elbio Barilari will share many hidden musical treasures from th...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Musical memory is a strange thing. What is remembered and what is celebrated are often times decided by the particular taste of one era—or just by ...

  • Added: May 02, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Astor Piazzolla was a composer and a bandoneon player (the tango accordion). However, he loved the guitar, he and was an expert writer for that ins...

  • Added: May 07, 2019
  • Length: 58:30