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Featured artists include leading classical guitarist Eduardo Fernández; top Spanish concert pianist Daniel del Pino; Chicago’s forward-thinking orchestras and ensembles


Concert programming – the majority free – includes two World Premieres; Concertos for bandoneón and guitar; Collaborations with One Book One Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music, PianoForte, and Instituto Cervantes of Chicago




CHICAGO (September 20, 2017) – The 12th Chicago Latino Music Festival, Chicago’s only Latino-focused classical music festival and one of few in the U.S., proudly announces its complete lineup and performance schedule from October 12-November 19, 2017, at multiple venues throughout Chicago. Programming showcases a wide-range of classical music written by Spanish and Latin American composers from the colonial period to today.


In addition to presenting a roster of international soloists, such as Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernández, award-winning artists Spanish pianist Daniel del Pino, and Peruvian guitarist Luis Rafael Vivanco, the Chicago Latino Music Festival features Chicago’s own Kaia String Quartet, WFMT artist-in-residence; Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Chicago’s leader in new art music; Chicago Composers Orchestra, dedicated to the performance and advocacy of orchestral music by living composers; and Volcano Radar, devoted to the exploration of music from various cultural traditions.


Performance highlights include the world premiere of a concerto for bandoneón, a type of hand bellow, by Chicago composer and bandoneón player Richard Scofano; a world premiere of an orchestral wok by renowned Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Raimundo Penaforte; two concerts influenced by this year’s One Book One Chicago (title TBA); a 21st century electronic spin on traditional flamenco music accompanied by dancing; and a program of baroque music from colonial Ecuador, newly-transcribed from the Ibarra manuscript which is considered one of the most important pieces of Latin American musical history.


The Chicago Latino Music Festival is a program of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), co-produced by Artistic Directors and composers Gustavo Leone (Argentinian-born) and Elbio Barilari (Uruguay-born). For more information, visit http://latinomusicfest.org.


Chicago Latino Music Festival 2017 Schedule


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7:00 p.m.

Luis Rafael Vivanco

Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, 31 W. Ohio Street

Admission: Free; RSVP HERE

Peruvian born guitarist Luis Rafael Vivanco offers a program of masterpieces of Spanish and Latin American music for this instrument.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 7:00 p.m.

Fulcrum Point New Music Project

Merit School of Music’s Gottlieb Hall, 38 S. Peoria St.

Admission: $10 students, seniors/$15 general admission; Purchase HERE

Inspired by Peruvian folklore, Latin jazz, and abstract electronic music, Fulcrum Point New Music Project presents a broad range of electroacoustic music composed by today’s Latin-American composers. This concert explores the relationship between traditional instruments and digital sonic manipulation. The program features music by composers Javier Álvarez and Rodrigo Sigal from the Mexican Center of Music and Sonic Arts (CMMAS) and music by Chicago Latino Music Festival artistic directors Barilari and Leone.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 6:30 p.m.

KAIA String Quartet

Chicago Public Library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St.

Admission: Free

Sponsored by One Book,One Chicago, KAIA String Quartet performs a program of new classical music from Mexico, Uruguay and Argentina.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 7:00 p.m.

KAIA String Quartet with Fareed Haque & Susan Merdinger

Columbia College Concert Hall at the Music Center, 1014 S. Michigan Ave.

Admission: Free

WFMT-FM celebrates the 5th Anniversary of its program “Fiesta,” the only radio program in the U.S. dedicated to classical Latin American music, with KAIA String Quartet, guitarist Fareed Haque, and pianist Susan Merdinger. Presented in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 8:00 p.m.

Chicago Composers Orchestra

Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave

Admission: $15-$20; Purchase HERE

Chicago Composers Orchestra (CCO) presents five dynamic works by composers representing a broad range of style and sound. Featured are two concerto works: “Scattered” for solo piano and voice with orchestra, written and performed by vocalist/pianist/composer Clarice Assad; and “In the Form of a Shell” for flute and orchestra by Pablo Chin, performed by CCO flutist Dalia Chin. Gustavo Leone’s lush work for string orchestra, “Una voz, un grito, un lamento,” Elbio Barilari’s powerfully rhythmic “Canyengue” and a world premiere by Raimundo Penaforte round out the program.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 8:30 p.m.

Eduardo Fernández

Old Town School of Folk Music’s Maurer Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

Admission: Free; RSVP HERE

Considered among the top five classical guitar players in the world, Uruguay-born Eduardo Fernández presents a program of Latin American pieces based on folk and popular music.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2:00 p.m.

La Tiranta, Leticia Aravena, Volcano Radar, and Gustavo Leone present “Flamenco Soundscapes”

Chicago Public Library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St.

Admission: Free

“Flamenco Soundscapes” brings together the deep tradition of Spanish Flamenco singing and dancing with the most advance 21st century electronic music to create a fascinating blend of roots and technology. The works performed will be rooted in from traditional flamenco songs, but adapted to this combination of folk and electronic music.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 8:00 p.m.

Chicago Arts Orchestra with soloists Eduardo Fernández & Richard Scofano

Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave.

Admission: $15 children, students, seniors/$25 general; Purchase HERE

Chicago Arts Orchestra presents Eduardo Fernández in a performance of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ guitar concerto and the world premiere of Richard Scofano’s own concerto for bandoneón. A pre-concert conversation will start at 7:30 p.m.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 6:30 p.m.

Ensemble Lipzodes

Chicago Public Library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St.

Admission: Free

Sponsored by One Book,One Chicago, Ensemble Lipzodes presents a program of Colonial music from the Ibarra manuscript (Ecuador). The Ibarra manuscript is considered one of the most important findings of colonial Ecuadorian and Latin American musical history. Ensemble Lipzodes has transcribed the pieces dedicates themselves to their presentation. The ensemble takes into consideration the performance practices of the time, combining voice, shawms, dulcians, recorders, and percussion as they bring to life this rarely performed music of 16th century Guatemala.



Daniel del Pino

PianoForte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 300

Admission: $10-$20; Purchase HERE

Award-winning Spanish pianist Daniel de Pino explores the music of top Spanish composers: Albéniz and Granados. Presented in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2:00 p.m.

Axiom Brass Ensemble

The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Admission: Free with paid admission to the Art Institute

This concert explores the relationship between the Modernist Brazilian visual arts and musical movements.


FESTIVAL ARTISTIC DIRECTORS: Elbio Barilari & Gustavo Leone

Elbio Barilari is one of the founders of Volcano Radar, a Chicago ensemble devoted to the exploration of various cultural traditions. As a composer, Barilari has received commissions from the Grant Park Music Festival, Concertante di Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Composer Forums, Orquesta Filarmonica de Montevideo, pianists Maria João Pires and Marcel Worms and guitarist Eduardo Fernández, and a grant from the Sara Lee Foundation. In addition to works for orchestra, chamber ensembles and solo instruments, he has provided scores for more than forty plays in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. In 2007, his “Los Cantos for Soprano, Choir and Orchestra” was premiered at Lyric Opera of Chicago to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Children’s Choir. His “Lincolniana,” incorporating texts by Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman and featuring jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis, Goodman Theatre actor/director Henry Godinez and the Ondas Ensemble, was first heard at the Ravinia Festival in September 2008.


Gustavo Leone is a Professor of Music in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago. He has also served on the faculty at the Music Department of Columbia College Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Chicago. Leone is a recipient of a Walter Hinrichsen Award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His music is included in the catalogs of C.F. Peters, New York, and Lyon and Healy, Chicago. Ensembles and organizations such as Grant Park Festival Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán, México, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra have played, commissioned, and recorded Leone’s works. His work for the theater includes composing music for productions at companies such as the Lookingglass Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Yale Repertory Theatre. He was a Fellow at the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage where he has been studying the music of the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos, Bolivia.



The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC) is a Pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater. The Center prides itself for its outstanding multidisciplinary local and international cultural programming which spans Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States.


Born out of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, The ILCC also produces other programs, such as Film in the Parks, also in its 12th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 9th year; and many others.


All in all, the audience has grown from 500 people in 1985 for the first Chicago Latino Film Festival to more than 70,000 (Latinos and non-Latinos), who enjoy the year-round multidisciplinary cross-cultural exchanges offered by the Center. For more information on the International Latino Cultural Center, please visit http://latinoculturalcenter.org.


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