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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87 Pieces

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With acclaims worldwide, Eduardo Fernandez is one of the greatest living classical guitarists. Fiesta will feature tracks from his newest album as ...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Baroque and early classical music reached an amazing development throughout the Spanish Empire. This week, Fiesta will pay a visit to some of the m...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has inspired music in Latin American culture throughout history. Often confused with Halloween in America,...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Many of the most formidable pieces of the last hundred years have been dedicated to the ballet or modern dance—and Latin American music is no excep...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Everybody considers Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo one of greatest composers of the 20th century. However, few of his pieces are really known to ...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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During the late 19th century and early 20th century, many Latin American composers wrote pieces in a romantic and nationalistic style, combining th...

  • Added: Oct 04, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Powerful and beautiful the cello has been an instrument beloved by Latin American composers. On this program we will share some of the greatest ce...

  • Added: Sep 27, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Fiesta again explores how Latin American composers have interpreted nature in music. Forests, jungles, mountains, and coastlines all have their uni...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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One of the greatest 20th century composers of all time, Alberto Ginastera was able to weave Latin American musical idioms into his music seamlessly...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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From European traditions to the native cultures, choral music has always been a part of Latin America’s musical identity. Fiesta will highlight som...

  • Added: Aug 29, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Already in the 19th century, there were Latin American women defying gender barriers in music and composition. That trend has only intensified duri...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Since the 1920’s classical composers have found inspiration in the urban music from Rio de la Plata. A new visit to symphonic and chamber repertoir...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Longtime friends and collaborators with Fiesta, the KAIA String Quartet, have released a new album Sureño, featuring the music of José Bragato and ...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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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: Aug 08, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Classical music in the 20th and 21st century has had a strong presence throughout Latin America. Host, Elbio Barilari share some of the most intere...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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There are many ways of being a Spaniard. One of them is being a gallego (or Galician, in English). That area of Northern Spain has its own language...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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The multi Grammy Award winner clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Paquito D’Rivera visits with Fiesta and speaks with Elbio Barilari about his ca...

  • Added: Jul 12, 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: Jul 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:29