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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62 Pieces

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For many decades, Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto and Uruguayan pianist Edison Quintana have been one of the greatest chamber duos in the world. On t...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Latin America has developed its own and strong Easter musical traditions. Fiesta pays a visit to this deep and fresh water well of pieces and songs...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Radames Gnattali was – and still is – one of the most beloved characters in Brazilian music, both in classical and popular. Fiesta’s host, Elbio Ba...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Fiesta again explores how Latin American composers have interpreted nature in music. Forests, jungles, mountains, and coastlines all have their un...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Roberto García Morillo was an Argentine composer, musicologist, music professor and music critic. He was enormously influential over several genera...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Born in 1962, María Granillo is a Mexican composer and scholar. This program will showcase some of her orchestral and chamber compositions includin...

  • Added: May 02, 2023
  • 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 ...

  • Added: May 02, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Jaures Lamarque Pons is one of the giants of the classical music in Uruguay. He combined a skillful technique with his taste for the urban and rura...

  • Added: May 12, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Born in Spain, Julián Orbón lived and composed in Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States of America. Aaron Copland referred to Orbón as "Cuba's...

  • Added: May 15, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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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: May 23, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Matilde Salvador was brilliant Spanish composer and painter and was one of the leading figures in the Valencian art scene. Fiesta will feature her ...

  • Added: May 30, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Everybody considers Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo one of greatest composers of the 20th century. However, few of his pieces are well known to wi...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Many of the most formidable pieces of the last hundred years have been dedicated to the ballet or modern dance. Latin American music is not the exc...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Antonio Estévez was a Venezuelan composer and conductor. He is the author of the “Cantata Criolla”, the most famous work of the nationalistic Venez...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Brazil and Cuba are two of the powerhouses of Latin American music, in part due to the strong African roots of their music. Fiesta presents a selec...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Latin American duets for a variety of instrumental combinations including flute and piano, violin and piano, and oboe and guitar. We will hear work...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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An important part of any orchestra, the woodwinds section is heavily featured in Latin American music. Host Elbio Barilari shares some of his favo...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Think that you are attending a symphonic concert in which instead of hearing one of the so-called “standard concert repertoire,” the orchestra star...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Fiesta presents sonatas for the viola, the cello and the clarinet by Brazilian composer Brenno Blauth and Argentine composers Constantino Gaito and...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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From the treasure trove of Latin American chamber music, Fiesta’s host Elbio Barilari will present music from Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil. With w...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2023
  • Length: 58:30