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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Music written and performed in Latin America during the Colonial period (16th to early 19th centuries) has become more popular in recent years. How...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2024
  • 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 so...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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As a priest and a professional composer working for the church, José Maurício Nunes Garcia wrote several pieces celebrating Christmas. And in this ...

  • Added: Dec 12, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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This week, Fiesta takes you to an imaginary concert hall with a program featuring a late 18th century overture by Brazilian composer José Maurício ...

  • Added: Dec 12, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Fiesta features two passionate and romantic Latin American masterpieces from Argentina and Brazil. Constantino Gaito’s String Quartet No.1 and Fran...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Born in Buenos Aires in 1862, Alberto Williams was the first Argentine composer that reached international fame. Fiesta visits his symphonic and pi...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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USA-born pianist Mac McClure developed a strong relationship with Catalonia and the Catalonian music scene. This week, Fiesta will feature a select...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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There is a huge repertoire of Latin American symphonic and chamber music inspired by the indigenous American cultures. We will celebrate this inspi...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Tango was born around 1880 in Buenos Aires and Montevideo as dance music, but by the 1940ʼs, it was introduced to the concert hall. Since then, tan...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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This program features beautiful Romantic music from Latin America. Often overlooked, this period of music featured a wide range of great composers....

  • Added: Oct 30, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has inspired music in the Latin America culture throughout history. Often confused with Halloween in Ameri...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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For the last 100 years, Brazil has been a musical powerhouse, not just for popular music, like the famous samba and bossa nova, but also for its cl...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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If you think Impressionism was only a French style of music, wait until you listen to Portuguese composer António Fragoso! He was a favorite of Deb...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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This week we will hear Camargo Guarnieri’s delightful and whimsical Estudio para piccolo, Radames Gnatally Sonatina for cello and Two Guitars as we...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Fresh music by two amazing and delightful living composers full of imagination and luxurious sounds: the Brazilian Liduino Pitombeira and the Mexic...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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We are constantly getting fresh recordings of Latin American music from all over the world. On this program we will share some of the most interest...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Composer Andrés Gaos was born in Galicia, Spain, in 1874, where he studied and reached an early notoriety. At the age of 20, he migrated to his fam...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Latin America has long history of “concert” music that started in the 16th century. However, it is possible to say that the 20th has been THE centu...

  • Added: Sep 03, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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Breno Blauth (1931-1993) is one of the Brazilian composers that deserves exposure and recognition in accordance with their brilliancy. This student...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2023
  • Length: 58:30
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As the largest Spanish speaking country in the world, Mexico is also a powerhouse of classical music, with several first-rate composers and perform...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2023
  • Length: 58:30