Latin-American Music with Elbio Barilari
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      Esteban Benzecry

      New New Music 4

      Fiesta continues featuring what we call New New Music by living composers that declared themselves free from the hundred year old academic chains of “experimental” and/or “contemporary” and/or “avant-garde” music.

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      Juventino Rosas 1868-1894

      The Greatest Melodies

      Some of the sot popular melodies in history have a Latin American origin. From Villa-Lobos most famous “Bachiana” to “Estrellita”, from “Over the Waves” to “Girl of Ipanema”.

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      La Courna, Galicia, Spain

      Music from Galicia

      There are many ways of being a Spaniard. One of them is being a gallego (or Galician, in English). That area of Northern Spain has its own language, the gallego, and embraces firmly its ancestral Celtic traditions. After visiting Andalusia, Catalonia and the Basque Country, Fiesta heads toward Galicia

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      Juan Orrego-Salas (Chilean, b.1919)

      Juan Orrego-Salas (Chilean, b.1919)

      Baroque Influences

      The music written and performed in Latin America during the Colonial period (16th to early 19th centuries) has become more popular in recent years. However, even before those treasures were rediscovered, several composers from the region showed there interest in exploring the strong connections between Spanish (and European) music from the past and Latin American music, expressed also in the multiple similarities with early and baroque music one can find in Latin American folk music.

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      Recent Programs

      Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997)

      Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997)

      Exiles and Émigrés

      Displacement due to political causes has been sadly common throughout history. By force or by choice composers (and other artists) have abandoned their homeland to become exiles or migrants in a different country. Fiesta! examines the cases of Manuel de Falla exile in Argentina, Rodolfo Halfler in Spain and Mexico, and Conlon Nancarrow becoming an American-Mexican composer.

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      Mstislav Rostropovich

      Mstislav Rostropovich

      New Music from the Past

      Musical memory is a strange thing. What is remembered and what is not often times is decided by the particular taste of one era or just by chance. Hidden treasures from the past are being discovered every day.

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      Leonardo Balada

      Leonardo Balada

      Leonardo Balada: Composer

      Leonardo Balada, born in Catalonia in 1933, currently teaching at the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, is, for many, the most important living Spanish composer. Fiesta dedicates this program to his work and thinking.

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      The Louisville Orchestra

      The Louisville Orchestra

      LP Treasures: Louisville Orchestra Recordings

      This week we dig through our old LPs and find rare and adventurous recordings made by the Louisville Orchestra of Blas Galindo, Joaquín Nin-Culmell, and Roberto Garcia Morillo.

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      What's Happening

      10th Annual Latino Music Festival Chicago September 10-November 22

      Presented by the International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC), The Latino Music Festival (LMF) produces performances and promotes awareness of music from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, ranging from the Colonial period to the 21st century. The Latino Music Festival functions as a bridge, bringing Latin American classical music to audiences in Chicago. At the same time, the LMF fulfills an educational role by bringing this music to Chicago’s neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs through concerts and educational programs. In addition to a roster of internationally acclaimed artists participating annually in the Festival and its programs, the Latino Music Festival places a strong emphasis on local talent, featuring Chicago’s most prestigious orchestras, ensembles and soloists, as well as a number of talented young professionals. The LMF commissions new pieces from Latino composers and features world, US and/or Chicago premieres of works both new and historical. The Festival also has a residency program for chamber ensembles and soloists which focuses on the dissemination of the Ibero-American repertoire.