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, 2023. 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, 2023. 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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A powerhouse of Latin American classical music, Argentina boasts some of the most skilled composers of the 20th century. We’ll hear gorgeous and me...

  • Added: May 23, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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One of the founders of “new tango,” Astor Piazzolla was trained as a classical composer. He studied with Alberto Ginastera and Nadia Boulanger amon...

  • Added: May 15, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Brazil has some of the largest archives of music from the colonial period in the Americas. Thousands of churches performed live music every week an...

  • Added: May 08, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Fiesta celebrates the legacy of the great Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha. We will share some of her own compositions as well as works by Manuel...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Guitarist and composer Ernesto Cordero was born in New York in 1946. He studied in Puerto Rico, Spain, Italy, and the U.S., and has become one of t...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Fiesta presents a full concert of Mexican music by composers from three different generations. We’ll hear Candelario Huízar’s Imágenes, Carlos Cháv...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Since the 1920’s classical composers from Argentina and Uruguay drew inspiration from tango music, an urban genre developed in the twin cities acro...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Fiesta features a treasure of Spanish music from the 12th to the 18th century including the mysterious “Codex Calixtinus”.

  • Added: Apr 02, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Born in Tehuacan, Mexico in 1927, Joaquín Gutiérrez Heras studied with some of the great composers of his time such as Blas Galindo and Rodolfo Hal...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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In this program Fiesta’s showcases two monumental pieces from the Latin American repertoire, a piano quintet by Argentine composer Constantino Gait...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Fiesta’s host, composer Elbio Barilari, will share some of his favorite composers in a delightful trip through South America. Included are Astor Pi...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Host Elbio Barilari shares some of his favorite long form classical works. Included are Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo and Carlos Chávez’s Caballo...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Gaspar Cassadó i Moreu was born in Barcelona to a church musician father, Joaquim Cassadó, and began taking cello lessons at age seven. When he was...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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From Chile to California, the Pacific coast of the Americas was a part of the old Spanish Empire. Still today, composers from Latin American and US...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Mexico has given the world many great composers. This program of Fiesta celebrates the many women composers who have made their musical mark on the...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Fiesta visits Cuba to share some of most important composers from the island. Included are Leo Brouwer’s Estudio Sencillo Nos. 1-2, Amadeo Roldán’s...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Inspiring, moving, and beautiful works by Latin American masters advocating for World Peace. Host Elbio Barilari will share works that will bring a...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Born in Barcelona in 1953, Gloria Villanueva began her first courses in music theory and piano at the age of nine. Later she started studying guita...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Mexican living composer Arturo Márquez has reached a high level of popularity due to the success of his orchestral work Danzón No.2. However, Artur...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2024
  • Length: 58:30