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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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Host, Elbio Barilari takes you on a journey through Brazil with the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos. Early in his life Villa-Lobos traveled the Brazil...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Fiesta pays tribute to the many female composers of Latin America. Included in the program is Gabriela Ortiz from Mexico, Teresa Carreño from Venez...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Outside his native Brazil, Edino Krieger is mostly known for his substantial work for the piano. But he was also a very imaginative orchestrator. T...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Colonized by France, and the first country in Latin American to win its independence, Haiti is often neglected or forgotten in the context of the L...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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We present some of our favorites among the composers and works featured since Fiesta first aired in 2013. Hear some of the most important classical...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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A selection of villancicos or Christmas carols from Spain and Latin America will be featured on this Christmas themed program from Fiesta. Join us...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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The great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges excerts a particular fascination on composers from different parts of the world. In this case, we will...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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Throughout history some composers reached immense popularity to just be quickly forgotten, many times for reasons unknown. On this episode of Fies...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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Join host, Elbio Barilari as he takes you on a musical tour of Latin America. Featuring symphonic, chamber and vocal works we will be making stops...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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Considered the anthem of tango music and one of the most popular tunes in history, La Cumparsita was composed in 1917 by Uruguayan pianist Gerardo ...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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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: Jan 05, 2018
  • 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