Latin-American Music with Elbio Barilari
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      Dom Dinis: King of PortugalDom Dinis: King of Portugal

      Music from Portugal

      Little Portugal, once one of the mightiest nations in the world, can boast of an amazing musical treasure. From the medieval period to the present, Portuguese composers have been in the forefront of western art. Fiesta! attempts a first overview to Portugal’s fabulous music history.

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      Regino Sáinz de la Maza

      Forgotten Geniuses and Pioneers

      Throughout history some musicians have reached immense popularity just to be quickly forgotten, many times without a clear explanation. In other cases, artists from the past still enjoy considerable fame but only as pioneers on their field. Fiesta! pays tributes both to forgotten geniuses and pioneers.

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      La Fragua de Vulcano, by Diego Velazquez

      La Fragua de Vulcano, by Diego Velazquez

      The Myth and Music

      Throughout history, myths have been a popular source of inspiration. Ibero-American composers (that means from Spain, Portugal and Latin America), have been using Greek, Roman, Biblical, Arab, Chinese or Indian mythology as well as the myths of the original native cultures together with the rich traditions brought by Africans slaves.

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      Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt (Chilean, 1925-2010)

      Composers from Chile

      ¡Fiesta! pays a new visit to giants of Chile’s musical history, such as Pedro Humberto Allende, Domingo Santa Cruz, Alfonso Letelier and Gustavo Becerra.

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      Recent Programs

      Edu Lobo, composer

      Edu Lobo, composer

      Canyengue: African Roots – Part 2

      Canyengue is lunfardo (slang) from Rio de la Plata. The word comes from the African Ki-Kongo language and means “melting with the music.”
      It would be impossible to understand the music of the Americas without the African cultural influence.

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      Torres del Paine, Chile

      Torres del Paine, Chile

      Call of the Wild

      Nature has inspired, and continues to inspire, composer from all cultures. This program presents a piece by Chilean composer Carlos Isamitt featuring texts in the language of the Mapuche natives from Chile, a guitar concerto by living Mexican composer Eduardo Angulo celebrating the new life represented by alevines, or newly born fish, and also Cuauhnácuac, or “The Eagle’s Nest”, by one of the world’s top composers from the 20th century: Silvestre Revueltas.

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      Teobaldo Power (Canary Islands, Spain, 1848-1884)

      Teobaldo Power (Canary Islands, Spain, 1848-1884)

      Spanish Symphonies

      Few Spanish symphonies, if any, have found its place within the standard repertoire, a strange phenomenon, considering the richness and depth of the existing repertoire in this field. Fiesta! revisits this territory featuring pieces by Tomás Bretón, Andrés Gaos and Teobaldo Power.

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      Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)

      Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)

      Soccer and Music

      It is known that soccer (or fútbol, as it is called in Spanish) constitutes and important element of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese identity. Several composers, classical and popular, have dedicated memorable works to this sport, its emotions, memories and feats.

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      Opera on Tap Chicago and New World Productions Present: Shadows, Stories and Songs

      Opera on Tap Chicago and New World Productions with the support of Main Street Opera are proud to present an evening of Spanish music and theater entitled “Shadows, Stories, and Songs”. The show will feature two one act musical works – an adaptation of Jacinto Guerrero’s zarzuela “The Guest at the Sevillano Inn” and Manuel de Falla’s puppet opera “Master Peter’s Puppet Show”. Both shows will be sung in Spanish with English subtitles provided. Running July 30-August 15.