Fiesta! on WUOT

Tuesdays from 8-9 p.m.

Fiesta! is an original production devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to listeners. The acclaimed composer, musician, performer, and professor Elbio Barilari is the host and creative force behind this series.  

Fiesta!, says the Uruguayan-born composer, 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.

Fiesta! blog and more detailed schedule info 


6    Leo Brouwer Once Again

13   José Bragato: Musician, Composer, Conductor

20  Imaginary Concert 6

27   Fiesta’s 5th Anniversary Concert



2             Island Hopping

9             The Magical Palette of Edino Krieger

16           Celebration of Latin American Women Composers

23           Villa-Lobos: Folk Traveler

30           20th and 21st Century Latin American Music



5             Lost but Not Forgotten

12           Music after Jorge Luis Borges

19           Latin American Christmas Carols 2017

26           Latin American Mix Tape 2



7       Roberto​ ​Sierra:​ ​Composer

14    The​ ​“other”​ ​Joaquín​ ​Rodrigo

21    100​ ​years​ ​of​ ​La​ ​Cumparsita

28    The​ ​Latin​ ​American​ ​Express



3              Miguel​ ​Del​ ​Águila:​ ​Uruguayan-American​ ​Composer

10           Chamber Tango

17           Colonial Music from Latin America

24           Dia​ ​de​ ​los​ ​Muertos​ ​(Day​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Dead)​ ​2017

31           100​ th​ ​Anniversary​ ​of​ ​Lamarque​ ​Pons




5     September 11th Remembered by Latino Composers

12   Mexican Soundscapes

19   Don Quixote in Music

26   Spain and Latin America on Six-Strings



1              Choros N.11- A Masterpiece by Heitor Villa-Lobos (Part 1)

8              Choros N.11- A Masterpiece by Heitor Villa-Lobos (Part 2)

15           Superstring Theory

22           Music from Cuba

29           The Invention of Morel: A New Opera by Stewart Copeland and Jonathan Moore


JULY 2017 

4       Esta Tierra Es Mi Tierra: Latino Composers Reflect on the American Experience

11    Music from Venezuela

18     Elbio’s Desert Island Picks

25    Gypsy Music and Gypsy Influences


JUNE 2017

6              Best of the Latino Music Festival 2016

13           Postcards from South America

20           Brazilian Gala

27           Modern Harpsichord


MAY 2017

2              Music of the Night

9              Bang the Drum: Latin American Music

16           A Visit to Mexico

23           A Living Tradition: Baroque Music from Bolivia

30           Brazilian Guitar