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.

January 5: Island Hopping

Host Elbio Barilari celebrates the music of Haiti in this episode of Fiesta.

January 12: The Magical Palette of Edino Krieger

Outside his native Brazil, Edino Krieger is mostly known for his substantial work for the piano. But he was also a very imaginative orchestrator. This program will feature pieces such as Canticum (1972) and Estro Armonico (1975).

Edino Krieger: Abertura Brasileira (1955) (Orquestra Sinfônica da Universidade de Londrina; Norton Morozowicz, conductor) Private Recording
Edino Krieger: Andante Non Troppo (Camargo Guarnieri String Quartet) Private Recording
Edino Krieger: Canticum Naturale for soprano and orchestra (1972) (Evi Zeller, soprano; Philharmonisches Orchester Südwestfalen; Edino Krieger, conductor) Private Recording
Edino Krieger: Concert for Two Guitars (1994) (Sergio & Odair Assad, guitars; Cordoba Orchestra; Leo Bouwer, conductor) Private Recording
Edino Krieger: Brasiliana (Jairo Chaves, viola; Orquesta de Camara Solistas de Londrina) Centaur CRC3052
Edino Krieger: Estro Armonico (1975) (Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional da Rádio MEC; Edino Krieger, conductor) Private Recording

January 19: Celebration of Latin American Women Composers

Fiesta pays tribute to the many female composers of Latin America. Included in the program is Gabriela Ortiz from Mexico, Teresa Carreño from Venezuela, Eunice Katunda from Brazil, and Florencia Di Concilio from Uruguay, among others. Join us for this celebration of Latina composers!

January 26: Villa-Lobos: Folk Traveler

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 Brazilian countryside learning folk songs that he would eventually incorporate into his symphonic works. Included in this program is his famous Brazilian Folk Suite.

February 2: 20th and 21st Century Latin American Music

Classical music in the 20th and 21st centuries has seen an explosion of music written by Latin American composers. In this program, host Elbio Barilari, shares some of his favorite contemporary works. Included in this program are pieces by Juan David Osorio, Miguel Del Aguila, and Florencia Di Concillo.

February 9: Leo Brouwer Once Again

Fiesta will visit once more the work of the most important Latin American living composer, Cuban Leo Brouwer. We will present his rarely heard concerto for guitar and chamber orchestra (featuring guitar player John Williams) as well as his delightful take of the music of The Beatles.

Leo Brouwer: Beatlerianas, or From Yesterday to Penny Lane: 7 Songs after The Beatles (1995) (Carlos Barbosa-Lima, guitar; The Havana String Quartet) Zoho Classix ZM 201304
Leo Brouwer: Concerto No.1 for Guitar and Small Orchestra (1972) (John Williams, guitar; The London Sinfonietta) CBS Masterworks 36680 (LP)

February 16: José Bragato: Musician, Composer, Conductor

Fiesta pays tribute to Italian-born Argentine, José Bragato, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 101. Bragato worked with Astor Piazzolla on his Nuevo tango as well as serving as the principal cellist for the Teatro Colón in Argentina. Host, Elbio Barilari, will share some of Bragato’s music as well as stories from his long and prosperous life.