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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79 Pieces

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One of the greatest symphonies in the world, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra was founded in Venezuela in 1975 by composer José Antonio Abreu. ...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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The “Four Seasons in Buenos Aires”, by Astor Piazzolla, has become one of the most popular contemporary pieces, both, for tango music and classical...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Few Spanish symphonies, if any, have found their place within the standard repertoire, a strange phenomenon, considering the richness and depth of ...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Fiesta explores the many rhythms and beats of South America. These contagious folk grooves have been taken by classical composers and brought into ...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Nicaraguan pianist, band leader and composer Darwin Noguera debuted with the Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra at the young age of 14, and continued h...

  • Added: Jul 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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One of the greatest living pianists, Martha Argerich’s career has brought her from Argentina to around the world. Fiesta pays tribute to this pian...

  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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It is known that soccer (or fútbol, as it is called in Spanish) constitutes an important element of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese identity...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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The sonata is a musical term in use for almost four centuries, and Latin American composers have cultivated this venerable form. Fiesta features an...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Though it is not the most prominent instrument in classical music, the saxophone is versatile and powerful. And many Latin American composers have ...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Join host, Elbio Barilari, as he takes you on a musical tour of Latin American concert music. Featuring some of the greatest music written for the ...

  • Added: May 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Today a footnote in a history full, mostly, of Italian, German and French names, there were Latin American composers that were considered mega-star...

  • Added: May 17, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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The romantic quality of Spain is embedded in many of the compositions to come out of the country, especially for the piano. Host, Elbio Barilari, ...

  • Added: May 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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The Chicago Latino Music Festival is one of the largest classical music festivals to feature Latino music. Every year they feature world class per...

  • Added: May 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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The Chicago Latino Music Festival is one of the largest classical music festivals to feature Latino music. Every year they feature world class per...

  • Added: May 02, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Just as Joaquín Rodrigo’s music has been overshadowed by the extraordinary success of Concerto de Aranjuez, the composer Blas Galindo has experienc...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Portugal, once one of the mightiest nations in the world, can boast of an amazing musical treasure. From the Medieval Period to the present, Portug...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Host, Elbio Barilari, takes you on a journey through the wide range of Latin American guitar music. We will explore the thriving crossover of class...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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The Viceroyalty of Perú and the Portuguese colonies in Brazil were home to some of the most prominent composers from the colonial period, and yet m...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Well before Impressionism claimed direct inspiration in nature, musicians from different eras and styles linked music to nature’s forces. In this p...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:29