Saturdays at 6:00 pm
Fiesta features the hottest Latin-American music from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Program host Elbio Barilari is your guide for this trip through the hidden treasures of Latino concert music, including the magical rhythms of Silvestre Revueltas and Heitor Villa-Lobos, or the symphonic tango; plus the series shares little-known wonders from the Latin-American Baroque and celebrates classical guitar through the music of Agustin Barrios, Antonio Lauro, Leo Brouwer, and more.
Fiesta host Elbio Rodríguez Barilari was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He began studying music locally, but eventually went to Germany where he was mentored by Luciano Berio among others. During the 90s he worked as a clarinetist and saxophonist, eventually settling in the United States in 1998. Barilari has lectured at the University of Chicago and the Instituto Cervantes, and given workshops in Chile and Paraguay; he is currently on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He collaborates regularly with the Grant Park Music Festival as an organizer and composer and has served as a member of the Community Advisory Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2001, and the CSO Programming Committee since 2006. Barilari is an active composer, has published a novel (Lugares Comunes, 1987), four collections of short stories (Posibles Versiones , Fuera de la Nada , Alarmas y Excursiones , and La Mitad del Infinito ); and a book on Uruguayan folk and popular music (Aquí se canta, 1982, co-authored with Juan Capagorry). He has also served as music critic, columnist and editor for several Hispano American publications.