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      Ástor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

      The Classical Side of Astor Piazzolla

      Astor Piazzolla was the person that, among other many accomplishments, put tango in the concert hall. In this program we visit some of the pieces he originally wrote for chamber ensembles and a symphonic orchestra.

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      Alberto Villalpando (Bolivian, b.1940)

      An Imaginary Concert

      Imagine for a second that you go to the concert hall and instead of the customary Leonore Overture No. 3 by Beethoven, a piano concerto by Mozart and a symphony by Brahms they play some colorful and vibrant pieces you never heard. Exciting! Right?
      This program features, as in a traditional symphonic concert, an exquisite and vibrant overture, a full-scale violin concerto, a monumental symphony… and even a delightful encore! The composers are Brazilian Edino Krieger, Bolivian Alberto Villalpando and Mexican Blas Galindo.

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      Leo Brouwer

      Leo Brouwer Once Again!

      Leo Brouwer is one of the most significant living composers, from Latin America or elsewhere… Born In Havana in 1939, he is widely known among guitar players and guitar students because of his revolutionary and brilliant works for solo guitar and his several guitar concerti. It is very strange, however, to see that audiences, musicians […]

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      Composer Celso Garrido Lecca

      Composer Celso Garrido Lecca

      Music of the Pacific

      Ten Latin American countries are bathed by the Pacific Ocean. In this program we are starting with the two southernmost among these nations: Peru and Chile.

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      Leon Biriotti, composer

      Leon Biriotti, composer

      Sephardic Music

      In 1492, after being exiled from Spain, Sephardic communities blended their music traditions wherever they settled. Starting with a song in ancient Hebrew, this program tours the world of Sephardic music. Ladino songs with Turkish rhythm, Greek melodies with Ladino words and we end in Uruguay with a violin concerto composed by Sephardic composer Leon Biriotti.

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      Edino Krieger (Brazil, b.1928)

      Edino Krieger (Brazil, b.1928)

      The Magical Palette of Edino Krieger

      Outside his native Brazil, Edino Krieger is mostly known for his substantial work for the piano. But he was also a very imaginative orchestrator. This program will feature pieces such as Abertura Brasileira (1955), Canticum (1972) and Estro Armonico (1975).

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      Esteban Salas and Lobo Mesquita: Colonial Music from Cuba and Brazil

      Esteban Salas, born in La Habana, Cuba, in 1725 and José Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita, born in Vila do Principe, Brasil, in 1746, were two of the most talented composers in the last part of the 18th century. Both were trained to perform and to compose religious music, both became music director in important cathedrals and both were ordained priest at an old age. This episode of ¡Fiesta! explores their music.

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      Jorge Luis Borges, Edmundo Rivero & Astor Piazzolla

      Jorge Luis Borges, Edmundo Rivero & Astor Piazzolla

      Music after Jorge Luis Borges

      The great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges exerts a particular fascination on composers from different parts of the world. In this case, we will feature works based on Borges’ narrations by composers such as Mario Lavista (Mexico), Diego Vega (Colombia) and Enric Riu (Catalonia/Spain). Also, in 1965 Astor Piazzolla and Jorge Luis Borges released a historical LP with the title El Tango in which the champion of New Tango put music to Borges’ poetry. Some selections of this work will be also featured.

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      Poetry by Carol Feiser Laque

      Friend and listener of Fiesta, Carol Feiser Laque has written three poems to music featured on Fiesta.

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      Juan Orrego-Salas and the founding of the Latin American Music Center

      One of the foremost Chilean composers, Juan Orrego-Salas (b. 1919)  co-founded the Latin American Music Center at Indiana University, Bloomington. Here, the first director of LAMC speaks about its founding: Orrego-Salas and LAMC.