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September 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Little Portugal, once one of the mightiest nations in the world, can boast of an amazing musical treasure. From the medieval period to the present, Portuguese composers have been in the forefront of western art. Fiesta! attempts a first overview to Portugal’s fabulous music history.
September 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Throughout history some musicians have reached immense popularity just to be quickly forgotten, many times without a clear explanation. In other cases, artists from the past still enjoy considerable fame but only as pioneers on their field. Fiesta! pays tributes both to forgotten geniuses and pioneers.
September 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Throughout history, myths have been a popular source of inspiration. Ibero-American composers (that means from Spain, Portugal and Latin America), have been using Greek, Roman, Biblical, Arab, Chinese or Indian mythology as well as the myths of the original native cultures together with the rich traditions brought by Africans slaves.
September 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm
¡Fiesta! pays a new visit to giants of Chile’s musical history, such as Pedro Humberto Allende, Domingo Santa Cruz, Alfonso Letelier and Gustavo Becerra.
October 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm
The first half of the 20th century saw the incredible popularity of an exclusively Spanish genre: The Zarzuela. It can be defined, superficially, as light opera without being “operettas.” Zarzuela constitutes a delicate balance between Spanish folk music. costume dramas and an operatic style. This program of ¡Fiesta! features brilliant moments of the zarzuela repertoire, and we speak with producer/arranger/singer Melissa Segarra about this wonderful genre.
October 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm
“The Vision of the Vanquished” or “La voz de los vencidos”, a 1959 book by Mexican historian Miguel León Portilla was very instrumental in changing the view that Latin Americans had about the clash of cultures and the cultural genocide that took place in the continent. The Native-American experience in Latin America has been reflected abundantly and in many different, even conflicting ways, by our composers.