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Latin American Symphonic Poems: Painting with Sounds?
The free and colorful genre of the Symphonic poem has been especially attractive to several generations of Latin American composers, from the Romantic era to the present.


In 3/4: Latin American Waltzes
Transplanted from Europe and infused with different flavors, the waltz became one of the most popular and lasting rhythms in Latin American music.


Chamber Tango
Born around 1880 in Buenos Aires and Montevideo as dance music, by the 1940ʼs the tango was introduced to the concert hall. A significant body of chamber tango has been written since that time.


Latin American Music Based On Literary Sources
Dazzling colorful music based on literary sources, and related to Latin American Native and Afro American traditions.

Nicolás Guillén: Sensemaya (poem) (Nicolas Guillen, voice)
Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemaya (Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, Mexico/Barrios) Naxos 8.555917
Antonio Carlos Gomez: Son Giunto In Tempo, Il Guarani (Beethovenhalle Orchestra, Neschling, conductor; Placido Domingo, tenor) Sony 66273

Carlos Rafael Rivera: Popol-Vuh (Four Mayan Scenes for Orchestra), (USC Thornton Symphony, Carlos Rafael Rivera, conductor) Private Collection
Elbio Bariliari: Alturas de Machu Picchu (Orchestra Philharmonica de Montevideo) Private Collection
Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez: Excerpt from Batuque (Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela) Dorian 90254


Fiesta! Celebration
The second anniversary of Fiesta! as a nationally syndicated radio program was celebrated with a musical extravaganza featuring Cuban superstar Paquito DʼRivera, the Kaia String Quartet and a brilliant roster of guest musicians. This concert was also part of NPRʼs Toast Of The Nation.


Music for Holy Week
Featuring guest Musicologist Robert Kendrick University of Chicago Musicologist Robert Kendrick visits Fiesta! to present an overview of Spanish and Latin American music for the Holy Week.


The Forgotten Music of Villa-Lobos
For all his fame, live performances of Heitor Villa-Lobos symphonies and piano concerti are extremely rare. Fiesta! revisits the sources of this amazing musical stream.


An Argentine in Hollywood
The Music of Lalo Schiffrin or Boris Claudio Schriffrin discovered by Dizzy Gillespie in his first visit to Argentina, Lalo Schiffrin has become a landmark in movie music. From Mission Impossible to his many concerti, Fiesta! reviews the music of this prolific Argentine composer.

Lalo Schifrin: Main Title to Mission: Impossible Then and Now (00:49) (Soundtrack from the TV Show) EMI 2657822
Lalo Schifrin: Concierto Caribeño for Flute & Orchestra (24:51) (Marisa Canales, flute; London Symphony Orchestra, Lalo Schifrin, conductor) Travelling 1033
Lalo Schifrin: Continuum (04:13) (Ann Mason Stockton, harp)
Crystal Records 171
Lalo Schifrin: Trópicos mvts. 1- 5 (13:18) London Symphony Orchestra, Lalo Schifrin, conductor) Travelling 1033
Lalo Schifrin: The Circular Ruins from Sauterelle Schifrin plays Schifrin (07:00) David Schifrin, clarinet) Aleph Records 37
Lalo Schifrin; Just Coffee, from the sound track to Bullit (00:59) iTunes


Saudades do Brazil
“Saudade” is a Portuguese term connoting “homesickness” and “nostalgia.” Composers from different countries and eras have experienced this feeling after spending time in this magical nation.


The Best of the Latino Music Festival
Since 2008 WFMT has been recording every season of Chicagoʼs Latino Music Festival. Fiesta! will present an anthology of these concerts.


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Music From The Latin American Music Center
The Latin American Music Center in the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University has the largest archive of recorded Latino Music — and the most extensive teaching program for Latin American Music — in the world. Here, Elbio Barilari and our guests, Carmen Telléz and Daniel Stein, wander through a few programs and performances of this fabulous school of music.

Carlos Gardel/adpt.
Daniel Stein: Lejana Tierra Mía Argentina (Yuriria Rodriguez, vocal; Daniel Stein, violin)
Moises Moleiro: Joropo (Jasmin Arakawa, piano)