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.

October 6:  Miguel Del Águila: Uruguayan-American Composer
Host Elbio Barilari, speaks with his fellow countryman Miguel Del Águila about composing music in the 21st century, his early life in Uruguay, and his music output. We will also feature some of his recently recorded pieces by the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Hat Trick Trio, and the TransAtlantic Ensemble.

October 13: Chamber Tango (Astor Piazzolla, Luis Pasquet, and Aníbal Troilo)
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 has inspired many composers to write concert music for this globally popular dance. We will feature some of the masters of tango including Astor Piazzolla, Luis Pasquet, and Aníbal Troilo.

October 20:  Colonial Music from Latin America

  • Francisco López de Capillas: Lumen Ad Revelationem
  • José de Cascante: Villancico a Santa Bárbara
  • Manuel de Sumaya: Cantada a Solo "Su fino amor"
  • José de Orejón y Aparicio: Mariposa de sus rayos
  • Esteban Salas: Un musiquito
  • Lobo de Mesquita: Bênção das Cinzas e Missa para a Quarta-feira de Cinzas Vox Brasiliensis

October 27: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2017

November 3: 100th Anniversary of Lamarque Pons
Join Fiesta as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Uruguayan composer and pianist Lamarque Pons.
Pons was a multitalented composer and musician who began his musical career studying piano and violin at the age of 8. When Pons moved to Montevideo to further his education, he began making money as a pianist playing in cabarets, coffee houses, and movie theaters. Finding musical pleasure in both popular and classical music, Pons wrote music influenced by both genres. He went on to compose music for film, ballet, piano, and orchestra. Host, Elbio Barilari, will share some of his favorite works by this little known composer.

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!