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 

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


APRIL 2017

4     Spanish Music and Visual Arts

11    Easter 2017

18   20th Century Masters

25   Latin American Composers You Should Know!


MARCH 2017

7      A 19th Century Genius: Jose Mauricio de Nunez Garcia

14    Epic Masterpieces

21   The Fiesta Time Machine

28    Flamenco Music



7     Sonatas & Sonatinas

14    Mi Amor

21    Five Centuries of Latin American Music

28    Latin American Art Songs



3      New New Music 5

10   The French Connection

17   Spain Before Albéniz

24   OSESP: São Paulo State Symphony

31    LP Treasures 3



6      South American Road Trip - From Colombia to Argentina and from Chile to Brazil, Fiesta features music representing different traditions and landscapes.
13      An Imaginary Concert 3 - Continuing with our series, Imaginary Concerts: think that you are attending a symphonic concert in which instead of hearing a piece from the so-called the “standard concert repertoire”,the orchestra starts with a colorful Latino overture, continues with a fantastic Latino concerto and tops the evening with a full scale Latino symphony.
20       The Music of Gustavo Leone
27       Latin American Christmas Carols



1              Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

8              Latin American Colonial Music Treasures

15           The First Opera on This Side of the Atlantic

22           Latin American Guitar Music

29           Sketches of Spain Revisited, with guest Orbert Davis



4    Sound of the Pampas

11   Mexican Composers: The Group of Four

18    Latin American Mix Tape

25    Music of the Dominican Republic



6    Touch of Nature - Fiesta again explores how Latin American composers have interpreted nature in music. Forests, jungles, mountains, and coastlines all have their unique sound.

13  Homenaje a Manuel de Falla.

DE FALLA: Noches en los jardines de España; Fantasía Bética; Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Cello

20     Colonial Music in Latin America

27       Edino Kriger, Composer



2              Claudio Santoro: Brazilian Composer

9              LP Treasures 2

16           Three Latino Mozarts

23           New New Music 5

30           Fiesta Sessions


JULY 2016

5              Latin American Opera Singers

12           Classical Tango 2

19           Living Mexican Composers

26           An Imaginary Concert 2