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 sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries."


Rhythms of South America:  Fiesta explores the many rhythms and beats of South America.  Host Elbio Barilari shares some of his favorite pieces that use these popular rhythms.


Paquito D'Rivera:  This Cuban‐American clarinet and saxophone player, winner of twelve Grammy Awards, is also a composer of chamber and orchestra music. Join us and hear  D'Rivera's  orchestral piece The Elephant and the Clown and his Saxophone Quartet.


Constantino Gaito, an Argentine Post-Romantic Genius:  Born in Argentina in 1878, Gaito studied in Napoli where Verdi was a strong supporter of his work.  He composed beautifully crafted chamber and orchestral music as well as eleven operas.


Fresh Ink 2022:  Host Elbio Barilari shares some of the most interesting and beautiful music to come out of Latin America in the past decade, including Benjamin Rivera, Arturo Marquez, Roberto Sierra, Eugenio Toussaint and Robert X. Rodriguez.


Orquesta Sinonica Simon Bolivar:  The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra was founded in Venezuela in 1975 by composer Jose Antonio Abreu.  This week on Fiesta, host Elbio Barilari shares some of his favorite recordings from this virtuosic orchestra.


Eighteenth Century Latino Jewels: Colonial Latin American music is a hidden treasure of classical music.  This program shares music from Bolivia, Brazil and Mexico.


The Music of Jose Pablo Moncayo:  The author of Huapango, the second Mexican anthem, also composed symphonic works and chamber pieces. Fiesta pays tribute to this giant of twentieth century Latin America.


Segovia and his Disciples:  Andres Segovia is considered one of the greatest modern guitarists. His style and techniques have elevated classical guitar to new heights. His students include Abel Carlevaro, John Williams, Julian Bream and Alirio Diaz.


Violin Virtuosos:  Join host Elbio Barilari as he shares violin music from Latin America. Featured on this program are composers Jose White from Cuba, Gustavo Campa from Mexico, and Chevalier de Saint-Georges from the island of Guadeloupe.


The Sound and the Fury:  Latin American classical music is full of passionate and emotional music. Host Elbio Barilari shares works by some of his favorite composers, including Claudio Santoro, Mario Lavista and Alberto Ginastera.