Classical 91.5


Thursdays, 10 to 11pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at
  • Hosted by Elbio Barilari

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.

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On 10/25, host Elbio Barilari will explore Mexican composer, violinist, and conductor Silvestre Revueltas, shedding light on one of Mexico's--and the world's--most celebrated musicians.


9/6          Segovia and his Disciples - Andrés Segovia is considered one of the greatest modern guitarists. His style and techniques have elevated the classical guitar to new heights, and his teachings and legacy have continued with many of his disciples including Abel Carlevaro, John Williams, Julian Bream, and Alirio

Fiesta for August 2018 - Program change for 8/23

Jul 30, 2018

Program Change for 8/23:  Join us on August 23rd to hear Orchestral Music from Mexico

Saxophone Fun Facts: Fiesta July 2018

Jun 29, 2018

¡Bienvenido a Fiesta!

Did you know that there are eight different sizes of saxophones in the sax family? The highest saxophones are the Sopranino and Soprano. The middle-voiced saxophones are the Alto and Tenor, and the lowest saxophones are Baritone, Bass, Contrabass, and Sub-Contrabass. Saxophone was lovingly embraced into many Latin American musical styles, tune in to hear how all of these types of saxophones are used!


Meet Nicaraguan pianist, band leader and composer Darwin Noguera on the June 21st broadcast.

Host Elbio Barilari takes us to the 2017 Latino Music Festival for two programs this month.

Victor Iermito - Luthier

The Latin American guitar is highlighted this month (4/19).

(photo: Georges Braunschweig)

The Spanish conductor Jesús López Cobos, former Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Teatro Real in Madrid, has died at age 78.

Read about the Maestro López Cobos' long career which included serving as General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin from 1981 to 1990, Music Director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra from 1991 to 2000 and Music Director of the Teatro Real in Madrid from 2003 to 2010.


3/1          Fiesta’s 5th Anniversary Concert  Celebrating 5 years of Latin American classical radio, Fiesta hosted a special concert in Chicago on October 20, 2017, featuring Latin American works performed by KAIA String Quartet, guitarist Fareed Haque, and pianist Susan Merdinger. The concert was presented in
collaboration with Columbia College Chicago. This is a program you don’t want to miss!

The cellist, composer, arranger and conductor, whose career was inextricably linked with Piazzolla and the Nuevo Tango, died at 101 in Buenos Aires in July 2017.  We'll meet him this month (2/15)

2/1          20th and 21st Century Latin American Music Classical music in the 20th and 21st centuries has seen an explosion of music written by Latin American composers. In this program, host Elbio Barilari, shares some of his favorite contemporary works. Included in this program are pieces by Juan David Osorio, Miguel Del Aguila, and Florencia Di Concillo.