Saturdays @ 10PM

Fiesta! is devoted to Latino concert music and presents artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to listeners. The creative force behind this series is Elbio Barilari, an acclaimed composer, musician, performer and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Uruguayan-born Barilari says, "Fiesta! features the hottest Latin-American music from the 16th to the 21st centuries." For more detailed information, visit the Fiesta! Web page.


Latino Salon:  Popular European salon music of the nineteenth century was embraced by many composers and performers in Latin America, adding their cultural influence to the style.  Featured on this program is salon music from Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil.


Spanish Baroque:  In Spain during the Baroque period, there were many significant composers who are forgotten today.  Fiesta shares some of the treasures of the Spanish Baroque, including music by Antonio Soler, Manuel se Zumaya and Gaspar Sanz.


Latin American Classics:  The music of Latino composers has made its way into the standard repertoire of music halls throughout the world.  Host Elbio Barilari shares some of these familiar compositions, as well as some that may become classics in the future.  Join us for this look into the past and the future of Latino classical music.


Fiesta Goes to the Movies:  During the Golden Age of Hollywood, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and other Latin American countries developed their own movie industries.  Almost every important Latin American composer from the last hundred years has composed film music, such as Heitor Villa-Lobos in Brazil, Silvestre Revueltas in Mexico and Leo Brouwer in Cuba.


Camerata de las Americas:  One of the leading chamber ensembles dedicated to music written in the Americas, Camerata de las Americas, is the focus for this program.  Formed in Mexico in 1988, this virtuosic group has a large discography and has performed all over the world.  Elbio Barilari will share some of his favorite recordings from this ensemble, including their tribute to the great Mexican master, Silvestre Revueltas.


Latin American Christmas Carols 2018:  A selection of villancicos, or Christmas carols, from Spain and Latin America will be featured on this holiday program.  The music spans several centuries and shows a great diversity of influences and traditions.


Great Latino Virtuosi:  Elbio Barilari shares performances by many gifted Latino artists, such as Martha Argerich, Eduardo Fernandez and Ana Maria Martinez.