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Tomás Bretón, composer of Spanish zarzuela and master symphonist on Fiesta, 12/8 @ 10pm

Francisco González Macías (Béjar, Salamanca, 1901–1982, Madrid)

12/1 Romantic Nationalism During the late 19th century and early 20th century, many Latin American composers wrote pieces in a romantic and nationalistic style, combining the techniques of 19th century western music with the flavor of rhythms and melodies of their countries. Fiesta explores that fascinating musical period.

12/8 Tomás Bretón: Spanish Symphonist Few Spanish symphonies, if any, have found their place within the standard repertoire, a strange phenomenon, considering the richness and depth of the existing repertoire in this field. On this program we share the music of Tomás Bretón, a composer known for his zarzuela theatrical productions as well as being a master symphonist.

12/15 Baroque Music from the New World The music written and performed in Latin America during the Colonial period (16th to early 19th centuries) has become more popular in recent years. However, even before those treasures were rediscovered, several composers from the region showed there interest in exploring the strong connections between Spanish (and European) music from the past and Latin American music, expressed also in the multiple similarities with early and baroque music one can find in Latin American folk music.

12/22 Fiesta CD Grab Bag We are having a ball trying to keep up with our ever-expanding musical collection as composers and performers around the world joyously overwhelm us with their creations. We’re consistently amazed by their level of talent and artistry, and are thrilled this week to share their music with our listeners.

12/29 Latin American Christmas Carols A selection of villancicos or Christmas carols from Spain and Latin America are featured on this Christmas themed program from Fiesta. Join us for music that spans several centuries and a great diversity of influences and traditions.

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