Fiesta! with Elbio Barilari on KENW FM

Fridays at 8:00 p.m.

Fiesta is a weekly classical music program devoted to Latin American and Iberian music from the 16th to 21st century, and brings artistically and historically significant compositions and artists to its 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.

March 30 - Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México
Founded by conductor Enrique Bátiz in 1971, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México or the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico is one of the most important orchestras in the world. They have travelled worldwide as well as being one of the great supporters of Latin American music. Host Elbio Barilari, will pick some of his favorite Latin American compositions recorded by the distinguished orchestra.
 
April 6 - Impressions of Nature
Well before Impressionism claimed direct inspiration in nature, musicians from different eras and styles linked music to nature’s forces. In this program we will feature masterpieces by composers such as Almeida Prado (Brazil), José Pablo Moncayo (Mexico), and Alberto Villalpando (Bolivia).
Almeida Prado: Cartas Celestes N.8 “Oré Jacytatá” (1999) (Orquestra Sinfonica de Santo André; Maria Constanca de Almeida Prado Moreno) Archive Recording
José Pablo Moncayo: Cumbres (1953) (Orquesta José Pablo Moncayo; Enrique Bátiz, conductor) CONACULTA Commemorative CD
Alberto Villalpando: The Transformations of Fire and Water in the Mountains (1991) (The University of North Carolina Greensboro Symphony Orchestra; Eduardo Vargas, conductor) Archive Recording

April 13 - Colonial Music from Perú and Brazil
The Viceroyalty of Perú and the Portuguese colonies in Brazil were home to some of the most prominent composers from the colonial period, and yet many of them are still unknown. Fiesta pays tribute these fantastic composers and sheds light on music from over 300 years ago.

April 20 - La Guitarra
Host, Elbio Barilari, takes you on a journey through the wide range of Latin American guitar music. We will explore the thriving crossover of classical style and popular, folk and cultural themes, an intersection which has a rich history and continuing tradition of innovative guitar music.

April 27, 2018
Portuguese Powerhouse
Portugal, once one of the mightiest nations in the world, can boast of an amazing musical treasure. From the Medieval Period to the present, Portuguese composers have been in the forefront of Western art. We will share music by Carlos Seixas, Luis de Freitas Branco, and João Domingos Bomtempo.

May 4 - Blas Galindo: Famous Unknown
Just as Joaquín Rodrigo’s music has been overshadowed by the extraordinary success of Concerto de Aranjuez, the composer Blas Galindo has experienced the same fate because of his Sones de Mariachi. This program focuses on the monumental work of Galindo as a symphonic composer as well as the author of some delicate and delightful chamber pieces.
Blas Galindo: Mexican Oberture No.2 (1981) (Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato; Héctor Quintanar, conductor) Editorial Guanajuato CONGUA007
Blas Galindo: Seven Pieces for Piano (1952) (David González-Espinosa, piano) Gallo CD-5SC
Blas Galindo: Sinfonia N.2 (1959) (Jorge Mester, conductor) LS-761

May 11 - Best of the 2017 Latino Music Festival – Part 1
The Chicago Latino Music Festival is one of the largest classical music festivals to feature Latino music. Every year they feature world class performers in a repertoire that goes from the Colonial Period to the present and from soloist and chamber music to symphonic works and even opera and ballet. Fiesta showcases a selection of the music heard during the twelfth edition of this festival.

May 18 - Best of the 2017 Latino Music Festival – Part 2
The Chicago Latino Music Festival is one of the largest classical music festivals to feature Latino music. Every year they feature world class performers in a repertoire that goes from the Colonial period to the present and from soloist and chamber music to symphonic works and even opera and ballet. In Part 2, Fiesta continues its showcase of music heard during the twelfth edition of this festival.

May 25 - The Spanish Piano
The romantic quality of Spain is embedded in many of the compositions to come out of the country, especially for the piano. Host, Elbio Barilari, chooses some of the greatest piano music from Spain and explores some of the lesser known heroes of the piano.