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Fiesta! with Elbio Barilari

Tuesdays, 11am

Program Website:,1,41,84

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.

April 14, 2015

Villa-Lobos: Manuscripts and Lost Pieces

Heitor Villa-Lobos wrote, it is said, over 1,000 pieces. Whether or not this is true, he did write an enormous amount of music. Since he was not a very thorough archivist of his own production and he had a busy life, it was just natural that some works would get lost. This program of ¡Fiesta! features some lost and found pieces by this giant of 20th century music.

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

April 21

New-New Music

Starting in the mid-1980’s some composers, particularly in Latin America, started to break away from the constrains imposed by the avant-garde and “experimental” orthodoxies. These composers were interested in recovering a warmer relationship with their audience as well as the freedom of exploring everything, even the traditions of both, popular and classical music. This tendency, that has become much more evident by the beginning of this millennium, represents what we like to call the New-New Music. We will feature works by Miguel Del Aguila (Uruguay-US), Juan David Osorio (Colombia) and even a 21st century Baroque piece by Mexican composer Jesús Echeverría. Please, join us for some audience-friendly New-New Music.

Django Reinhardt (1910-1953)
Django Reinhardt (1910-1953)

April 28

Variations on a Theme

Variations always have been one of the most effective tools in the hands of composers throughout history. Latin American composer practice this art with enthusiasm and great success.

May 5

Music after Jorge Luis Borges

The great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges exerts a particular fascination on composers from different parts of the world. In this case, we will feature works based on Borges’ narrations by composers such as Mario Lavista (Mexico), Diego Vega (Colombia) and Enric Riu (Catalonia/Spain). Also, in 1965 Astor Piazzolla and Jorge Luis Borges released a historical LP with the title El Tango in which the champion of New Tango put music to Borges’ poetry. Some selections of this work will be also featured.

Jorge Luis Borges, Edmundo Rivero & Astor Piazzolla
Jorge Luis Borges, Edmundo Rivero & Astor Piazzolla

May 12

Esteban Salas and Lobo Mesquita: Colonial Music from Cuba and Brazil

Esteban Salas, born in La Habana, Cuba, in 1725 and José Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita, born in Vila do Principe, Brasil, in 1746, were two of the most talented composers in the last part of the 18th century. Both were trained to perform and to compose religious music, both became music director in important […]

May 19

The Magical Palette of Edino Krieger

Outside his native Brazil, Edino Krieger is mostly known for his substantial work for the piano. But he was also a very imaginative orchestrator. This program will feature pieces such as Ludus Symphonicus (1965), Canticum (1972) and Estro Armonico (1975).

Edino Krieger (Brazil, b.1928)

May 26

Sephardic Music

In 1492, after being exiled from Spain, Sephardic communities blended their music traditions wherever they settled. Starting with a song in ancient Hebrew, this program tours the world of Sephardic music. Ladino songs with Turkish rhythm, Greek melodies with Ladino words and we end in Uruguay with a violin concerto composed by Sephardic composer Leon Biriotti.

Leon Biriotti, composer
Leon Biriotti, composer

June 2

The Classical Side of Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla was the person that, among other many accomplishments, put tango in the concert hall. In this program we visit some of the pieces he originally wrote for chamber ensembles and a symphonic orchestra.

Ástor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

June 9

An Imaginary Concert

Imagine for a second that you go to the concert hall and instead of the customary Leonore Overture No. 3 by Beethoven, a piano concerto by Mozart and a symphony by Brahms they play some colorful and vibrant pieces you never heard. Exciting! Right?
This program features, as in a traditional symphonic concert, an exquisite and vibrant overture, a full-scale violin concerto, a monumental symphony… and even a delightful encore! The composers are Brazilian Edino Krieger, Bolivian Alberto Villalpando and Mexican Blas Galindo.

Alberto Villalpando (Bolivian, b.1940)




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