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      Rio de la Plata

      Rio de la Plata

      The Sound of the Pampas

      The Pampas, the huge plains that extend throughout the southern part of Brazil, Uruguay and central Argentina, are (or were) the domains of the gauchos, the southern cowboys. Since the last decades of the 19th century, composers from Rio de la Plata have been reflecting that sonic world with the tools of the symphonic music. These program features music by Alberto Ginastera, Julián Aguirre and Eduardo Fabini among others.

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      Sketches of Spain, Revisted

      Sketches of Spain, Revisted

      Sketches of Spain Revisited, with guest Orbert Davis

      In 1959 Miles Davis and Gil Evans put together a famous jazz version of the omnipresent Concierto de Aranjuez, by Joaquin Rodrigo. Now, multi-talented composer/conductor/arranger/trumpeter Orbert Davis revisits the historical piece with an album that has received much critical acclaim.

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      Alondra de la Parra

      Alondra de la Parra

      Mi Alma Mexicana/Mexican Orchestral Music

      This release truly represents what Mexican culture is; not only the well-known picture of folklore, cuisine, colors and breathtaking landscape that amaze visitors, but the modern Mexico, eclectic and baroque in every sense of the word: a rich spectrum of possibilities and exquisitetaste. Mi Alma Mexicana is a Sony recording by Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas with Alondra de la Parra conducting.

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      José Serebrier

      José Serebrier

      José Serebrier, composer

      Uruguayan born José Serebrier is widely known by his stellar career as a conductor of international reputation. Mr. Serebrier, however, deserves has much recognition for his formidable work as a composer.

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      Manuel de Falla (Spain, 1876-1946)

      Manuel de Falla (Spain, 1876-1946)

      Homenaje a Manuel de Falla

      Manuel de Falla, the biggest name in Spanish music, had and still has a huge impact on Latin American music as well. As it is well known, he died in Argentina as an exile of Francisco Franco’s fascist dictatorship, which had make even more endearing for Latin Americans of all generations.

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      Leo Brouwer (b. 1939 Cuba)

      Leo Brouwer (b. 1939 Cuba)

      Revisiting Leo Brouwer

      Born in Havana in 1939, Leo Brouwer is one of the world’s more important living composers. At a time in which contemporary classical composers have had a hard time connecting with large audiences, Brouwer’s work, especially his prolific writing for the guitar, has become immensely popular. There is no major guitar player (Julian Bream, John Williams, Eduardo Fernández, Manuel Barrueco, Narciso Yepes, etc.) that does not or did not play some of his nine guitar concerti, or pieces such as his sonatas, the Decamerón Negro, Canticum, La Espiral Eterna or so many others. Himself, a formidable guitar virtuoso, Brouwer stopped performing after a car accident affected his left hand. After that, he dedicated more time to conducting, becoming the principal conductor for the Orquesta Sinfónica de Córdoba, Spain. And guest conducting with several first rate orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic and several other major European orchestras. Due to the longstanding political problems with the US and Cuba, Leo Brouwer is not as well known in the US as he is in the rest of the world.

      Brouwer’s music shows a wide variety of techniques, influences and styles. Often he uses the rhythms and melodies of the Afro-Cuban musical traditions, but he also works with the most abstract procedures of modern music, writing variations on themes by The Beatles and Django Reinhardt or composing the music for a movies such as “Water for Chocolate”, or composes the most romantic passages of the 21st century.

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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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      Check out this great podcast from WFMT’s Impromptu.

      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.