Latin-American Music with Elbio Barilari
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      Spain and Latin America on Six-Strings

      Spain and Latin America are the homeland of the guitar. Nurtured by the Spanish inheritance as well as the African sense of rhythm and the Native American melodies, Latin American guitar music has given a treasure of music to the world. Fiesta features a selection of works music reflecting different roots and tendencies in the music for the guitar.

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      Miguel Del Águila

      Miguel Del Águila: Uruguayan-American Composer

      Host Elbio Barilari, speaks with his fellow countryman Miguel Del Águila about composing music in the 21st century, his early life in Uruguay, and his music output. We will also feature some of his recently recorded pieces by the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Hat Trick Trio, and the TransAtlantic Ensemble.

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      Chamber Tango

      Tango was born around 1880 in Buenos Aires and Montevideo as dance music, but by the 1940ʼs it was introduced to the concert hall. Since then tango has inspired many composers to write concert music for this globally popular dance. We will feature some of the masters of tango including Astor Piazzolla, Luis Pasquet, and Aníbal Troilo.

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      Cantona, Mexico

      Cantona, Mexico

      Mexican Soundscapes

      Together with Brazil and Cuba, Mexico is one of the powerhouses of Latin American music. With roots in the native cultures as well as in the Colonial period, Mexican music shows an extraordinary vitality and a variety of colors and soundscapes. This hour we will share some of the biggest names in Classical music as well as some composers you may not know.

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      September 11th Remembered by Latino Composers

      It has been said that the 20th century did not start until 1914 with World War I. The 21st century started on September 11th of 2001. Fiesta will feature Latin American works that reflect on this day that changed our perception of the world in which we live.

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      Composer Stewart Copeland and librettist/director Jonathan Moore with the Fiesta Team!

      Composer Stewart Copeland and librettist/director Jonathan Moore with the Fiesta Team!

      The Invention of Morel: A New Opera by Stewart Copeland and Jonathan Moore

      Fiesta’s host Elbio Barilari sits down with composer Stewart Copeland (co-founder and drummer of The Police) and librettist/director Jonathan Moore about their world premiere of their new opera The Invention of Morel at Chicago Opera Theater. Based on the book by Argentine author, Aldolfo Bioy Casares, Elbio will speak to our guests about the influence of Latin American music and themes on their opera. We will also be playing a selection of some of their favorite Latin American folk and classical music.

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      Hilario Durán

      Hilario Durán

      Music from Cuba

      Cuba is, and it has always been since the Colonial period, one of the powerhouses of music in this side of the Atlantic. In this edition of Fiesta! we visit (or revisit, in some cases), the music of a handful of Cuban composers born between the 30’s and the 50’s: Héctor Angulo (b.1932), Carlos Fariñas (1934-2002), Paquito D’Rivera (b.1948), Andrés Alén (b.1950), Hilario Durán (b.1953). The only exception is the 19th century composer and pioneer of Cuban nationalist movement, Ignacio Cervantes.

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