Fiesta! with Elbio Barilari on KENW FM

Fridays at 8:00 p.m.

Fiesta! is a new, 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.

November 10: Roberto Sierra: Composer
Puerto Rican, Roberto Sierra is one of the most important living composers of contemporary classical music. Sierra’s work draws from the 20th century avant-garde music and the 19th century romantic traditions alike and synthesized his European and Latino influences. Host, Elbio Barilari will pick some of his favorite pieces from this composer’s vast catalogue, including his Caribbean Rhapsody.

November 17: The “other” Joaquín Rodrigo
The tremendous popularity of “Concierto de Aranjuez” has made of Joaquín Rodrigo almost a “one piece composer” or a “composer for the guitar,” which cannot be farther from the truth. In this program Fiesta! reviews vocal, piano and chamber music by this fantastic composer.

  • Joaquín Rodrigo: Suite para piano (Artur Pizarro. piano)
  • Joaquín Rodrigo: A la busca del más allá
  • Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto como un divertimento, for Cello and Orchestra; Asier Polo, cello

November 24: 100 years of La Cumparsita
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 Matos Rodríguez and premiered in Montevideo by the Argentine Orchestra of Roberto Firpo. Since then, has become the alternate national anthem of both countries and one of the most recorded pieces of all times. We celebrate the 100 year anniversary of this song with music by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez and some very interesting version of La Cumparsita.

December 1: The Latin American Express
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 in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia. All aboard the Latin American Express!

December 8: Lost but Not Forgotten
Throughout history some composers reached immense popularity to just be quickly forgotten, many times for reasons unknown. On this episode of Fiesta we will share some of the lost composer of Latin American and share some of their greatest music.

December 15: Music after Jorge Luis Borges
The great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges excerts 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. A selection of this work will be also featured during the program.

Jorge Luis Borges/ Astor
Piazzolla: El Tango (1965) (Luis Medina Campos, narrator, Astor Piazzolla, Quinteto Nuevo Tango & guest musicians) Polydor/Polygram POCP 2623
Diego Vega: hlör u fang axaxaxas mlö (2004) (Ensemble X) Live recording, Barnes Hall, Cornell University
Jorge Luis Borges/ Astor Piazzolla: Jacinto Chiclana (1965) (Edmundo Rivero, vocals, Astor Piazzolla, Quinteto Nuevo Tango & guest musicians) Polydor/Polygram POCP 2623
Jorge Luis Borges/ Astor Piazzolla: Alguien le dice al tango (1965) (Jairo, vocals, Daniel Binelli & Ensemble) Milan Records 35806 Mario Lavista: Ficciones (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México; Juan Carlos Lomónaco,
conductor) Private Recording
Jorge Luis Borges/ Astor Piazzolla: El titere (1965) (Edmundo Rivero, vocals, Astor Piazzolla, Quinteto Nuevo
Tango & guest musicians) Polydor/Polygram POCP 2623
Enric Riu: El Libro de Arena (1996-97) (Ton-Art Orchestra; Jochem Hochstenbach, conductor) Live recording at Grosse Sendersaal der Radiokulturhaus des ORFs
(Vienna, June 15th 1998)

December 22: Latin American Christmas Carols 2017
A selection of villancicos or Christmas carols from Spain and Latin America will be featured on this
Christmas themed program from Fiesta. Join us for music that spans several centuries and a great diversity of influences and traditions.

December 29: Latin American Mix Tape 2
Fiesta presents a selection of the program’s favorite composer and works since the beginning of the
program. We will be featuring some of the most important classical music of Latin America from the 16th
to the 21st century

January 5: Island Hopping
Host, Elbio Barilari takes you on a musical trip to the many islands in Latin America and Spain. Featuring some of his favorite composers, we will visit the Canary Islands, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guadeloupe, and Grenada.