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.


Rhythms of South America:  Hear  popular rhythms of the South American people on Fiesta.  Elbio Barilari hosts the concert as he shares some of his favorite rhythms introduced by classical composers for the concert hall.


Spanish Symphonies:  Few Spanish symphonies have found their place within the standard repertoire.  To make these works more widely known, Fiesta features the rich and charming Spanish symphonies by Tomas Breton and Teobaldo Power.


Piazzolla's Four Seasons:  The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires, by Astor Piazzolla, has become one of the most popular contemporary pieces for tango and classical music. Fiesta will present the story about this music and versions of this masterpiece.


Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra:  The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra is considered one of the great orchestras in the world.  Founded in Venezsuela in 1975 by composer Jose Antonio Abreu, conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, and Gustavo Dudamel have led this orchestra. As a tribute, host Elbio Barilari shares some of his favorite recordings from this virtuosic orchestra.


Fresh Music from Latin America:  Host Elbio Barilari shares some of his favorite works from living Latin American composers.  These pieces from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries include techniques of modern music infused with styles of the past.  Hear the different musical cultures and traditions of South America.


Composers from Chile: Fiesta explores important composers in Chile's musical history, including Domingo Santa Cruz, Acario Cotapos, Carlos Isamitt and Alfonso Letelier.


Symphonies from Latin America:  Host Elbio Barilari shares some of the treasures of Latin American symphonies from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including some of his favorites from Federico Ibarra, Blas Galindo and Albero Nepomuceno.