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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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Fiesta! is available free of charge to all stations for 1 broadcast each week! If you have any questions or require more information, please contact:
Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112
Tony Macaluso at tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114

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.

There is a new logo and new media assets for Fiesta! Please contact Estlin Usher at 773-279-2112 or eusher@wfmt.com for more information.

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Please login to PRX.org to preview program audio.Fiesta! is available free of charge to all stations for 1 broadcast each week! If you have any questions or require more information, please contact: Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112Tony Macaluso at tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114The 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... Show full description


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68 Pieces

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The tremendous popularity of “Concierto de Aranjuez” has made of Joaquín Rodrigo almost a “one piece composer” or a “composer for the guitar,” whic...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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Puerto Rican, Roberto Sierra is one of the most important living composers of contemporary classical music. Sierra’s work draws from the 20th cent...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 31:31
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Join Fiesta as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Uruguayan composer and pianist Lamarque Pons. Pons was a multitalented composer and musician ...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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Dia 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 19, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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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...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • 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 tango...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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Host Elbio Barilari, speaks with his fellow countryman Miguel Del Águila about composing music in the 21st century, his early life in Uruguay, and ...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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Spain and Latin America are the homeland of the guitar. Nurtured by the Spanish inheritance as well as the African sense of rhythm and the Native A...

  • Added: Sep 22, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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The monumental book by Miguel de Cervantes, the first novel in European literature, has captured the imagination of composers from different period...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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Together with Brazil and Cuba, Mexico is one of the powerhouses of Latin American music. With roots in the native cultures as well as in the Coloni...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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It has been said that the 20th century did not start until 1914. The 21st century started on September 11th of 2001. Fiesta will feature Latin Amer...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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Fiesta’s host Elbio Barilari sits down with composer Stewart Copeland (co-founder and drummer of The Police) and librettist/director Jonathan Moore...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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As one of the jewels of the Spanish empire, the island of Cuba developed strong cultural traditions. Havana and other towns boasted of a very rich ...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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This program of Fiesta showcases music for string quartet and string instruments in different combinations. We will highlight some of Latin America...

  • Added: Aug 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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The gargantuan Choros N.11, in three parts, by Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of the most ambitious works ever written for the combination of piano and ...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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The gargantuan Choros No.11, in three parts, by Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of the most ambitious works ever written for the combination of piano and...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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Several thousand years ago the forebears of the present day Gypsy people left India. Their descendants have spread throughout the world and their c...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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If you could only pick an hour of music to listen to the rest of your life, what would it be? Host, Elbio Barilari, will share with us some of his ...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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Venezuela has a wealth of concert music, from the romantic period and into the 21st century. Fiesta will bring its audience to a musical tour on Ve...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 58:30