Latin-American Music with Elbio Barilari
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      Esteban Klísich

      More New New Music

      21st century music has broken away from the cage imposed by the 100 years old tradition or “experimental”, “contemporary”, “new music” and/or “avant-garde”. Starting in the 80’s, some composers, many of them from Latin America, started bringing together different traditions, including the one of classical Western musicwith the music of the 20th century. The result is what Fiesta’s host, Elbio Barilari, likes to call New New Music: music that is new and feels free to embrace musicality and beauty without complexes.

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      Carlos Jiménez Mabarak

      Mexican Orchestral Music

      Mexico has and always had an incredible number of great composers. Ever since the Colonial period, Mexican composers of the first rate have been contributing to music. Fiesta will look beyond the three titans of Mexican music such as Miguel Ponce, Carlos Chávez, Silvestre Revueltas or Mario Lavista and showcase composers from the present and the past that deserve to be better known.

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      The Recycled Instruments Orchestra of Cateura (Landfillharmonic)

      Latino Music Festival 2015 Part 1

      2015 marked the Latino Music Festival’s 10th Anniversary. This festivals happens in Chicago every Fall, featuring concert music from Latina América, Spain and Portugal from the Colonial period to the 21st century.

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      Abel Carlevaro (1916-2001)

      Abel Carlevaro (1916-2001)

      Dear Maestro…

      Tributes from one composer to another have been a favorite practice since the Renaissance. In this program Fiesta! showcases delightful works dedicated to Heitor Villa-Lobos, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Bela Bartok, among others.

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      Recent Programs

      Ottorino Respighi (1879 – 1936)

      Ottorino Respighi (1879 – 1936)

      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.

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      Ildegonda

      Ildegonda

      A Treasure of Latin American Opera: Ildegonda

      Today a footnote in a history full, mostly, of Italian, German and French names, there were Latin American composers that were considered mega-stars in the opera houses of the 19th century. Mexican Melesio Morales reached the height of his fame with his masterful opera Ildegonda. We will delve into this opera with a historical recording featuring Violeta Davalos, Raul Hernandez, and the Carlos Chavez Symphony Orchestra under Fernando Lozano.

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      Bullitt

      Bullitt

      Fiesta Goes to the Movies

      During the golden age of Hollywood, countries like Mexico, Brazil and Argentina also developed their own healthy movie industries. Smaller nations also contributed to a robust catalogue of Latin American movies. Almost every Latin American important Latin American composer from the last hundred years has been asked to compose film music, from Heitor Villalobos in Brazil, to Silvestre Revueltas in Mexico, to Leo Brouwer in Cuba.

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      Juan Blanco

      Juan Blanco

      Opening the Borders: A New Visit to Cuban Music

      The improvement of the relationship between Cuba and the US has attracted new attention toward everything related to the island. Fiesta revisits the musical past and present of this powerhouse of Latin American music.

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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.