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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.

March 3

Don Quixote in Music

The monumental book by Miguel de Cervantes, the first novel in European literature, has captured the imagination of composers from different periods and countries. Including Richard Strauss, of course. In this program we will hear how Spanish and Latin American composers reflected on the Knight of the Sad Countenance.

March 10

A Mexican Concert

Close your eyes and imagine you’re attending a concert at Palacio de Bellas Artes in MexicoCity. A delightful overture by Ricardo Castro, Jorge Federico Osorio performing the monumental Piano Concerto by Carlos Chavez, movie music by Silvestre Revueltas and Joaquin Guiterrez’s Eras Suite Sinfonica, and even a surprising encore.

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

March 17

Colonial Music from Latin America

The vast treasure of colonial music coming from the archives of the cathedrals, from Brazil to California and from Perú to México City has become a favorite among Fiesta!’s listeners. Join us for a new visit to the Baroque and Gallant music produced in this side of the Atlantic.

Juan Correa's The Infant Jesus with Angelic Musicians

March 24

The “Other” Joaquín Rodrigo

The tremendous popularity of “Concierto de Aranjuez” has made of Joaquín Rodrigo almost a “one piece composer” or just a “composer for the guitar,” which cannot be farther from the truth. In this program, Fiesta! reviews gorgeous and rarely performed orchestral and piano music by this Spanish composer.

Joaquín Rodrigo (Sagunto, Valencia, Spain 1901 - Madrid, Spain, 1999)
Joaquin Rodrigo, Sagunto, Valencia, Spain, 1901 - Madrid,Spain, 1999

March 31

Painting With Sounds

Exploring the connections between visual art and musical creation in Latin American music.

László Moholy-Nagy's Construction Z1

April 7

The Tango Invasions

Before Astor Piazzolla, the Tango music from Rio de la Plata enjoyed periodic moments of international popularity. But always as dance music, mostly played in nightclubs and on the radio. Piano, chamber and orchestral tangos were written by Argentine and Uruguayan composers, as well as Stravinsky, Kurt Weill and other European composers, before Piazzolla’s time. However, those pieces were more the exception than the rule. Piazzolla was the musician that put tango music into the concert hall and, by doing that, he opened a complete new field for performers and composers from Rio de la Plata. This program of Fiesta! features orchestral and pianistic tango compositions originally conceived as concert pieces.

Gerardo Gandini (1936-2013)
Gerardo Gandini (1936-2013)

April 14

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)



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