Latin-American Music with Elbio Barilari

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      Lalo Schifrin

      Lalo Schifrin

      An Argentine in Hollywood

      Discovered by Dizzy Gillespie on his first visit to Argentina, Lalo Schifrin has become a touchstone composer of movie music, winning four Grammy Awards and six Oscar nomiations. From Mission Impossible to his many concerti, Fiesta reviews the music of this versatile and prolific Argentine.

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      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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      Sao Paulo String Quartet

      The Best of the Latino Music Festival, Part 1

      Since 2008 WFMT has been recording every season of Chicagoʼs Latino Music Festival. Fiesta! will present an anthology of these concerts.

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      Tomas Luis de Victoria

      Tomas Luis de Victoria

      Music for Holy Week



      Featuring guest musicologist Prof. Robert Kendrick from the University of Chicago.

      Prof. Kendrick visits Fiesta! to present an overview of Spanish and Latin American music composed for Holy Week.

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      Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

      Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

      “Forgotten” Works of Heitor Villa-Lobos

      Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) was internationally famous, probably one of the most celebrated living composers of his time. Many of his pieces were commissioned and premiered by some of the most important orchestras, soloists and conductors.

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      Paquito DʼRivera

      Paquito DʼRivera

      Fiesta! Celebration

      The second anniversary of Fiesta! as a nationally syndicated radio program was celebrated with a musical extravaganza featuring Cuban superstar Paquito DʼRivera, the Kaia String Quartet and a brilliant roster of guest musicians. This concert was also part of NPRʼs Toast of the Nation.

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      Pablo Neruda

      Pablo Neruda

      Latin American Music based on Literary Sources

      The rich literary world of Latin American as expressed in music by their composers. Mexican Silvestre Revueltas’ Sensemaya and a composition by our own Elbio Barilari based on the Alturas de Machi Pichhu, the second Canto of Pablo Naruda’s Canto General.

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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.

      Eduardo Fernandez Related Material

      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.