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Featured artists include virtuoso guitarists Eduardo Fernández, Fareed Haque and Goran Ivanovic; young musicians on the rise Andrea Salcedo and Iván Reséndiz


Concert programming – the majority free – includes World Premiere electroacoustic work from composer Javier Álvarez created in partnership with Latina Girls Code and The People’s Music School; Other collaborations include Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music, Fulcrum Point, The Art Institute of Chicago, and more





CHICAGO (September 18, 2018) – The 13th Chicago Latino Music Festival, Chicago’s only Latino-focused classical music festival and one of few in the U.S., proudly announces its complete performance schedule from October 17-November 18, 2018, at multiple venues throughout Chicago.


This annual festival showcases an expansive range of classical music and celebrates Spanish and Latin American composers from the colonial period to today, with works often inspired by their Afro-Cuban, tango, flamenco and other far-reaching roots originating from the Caribbean and Mexico all the way to the Río de la Plata.


In addition to presenting a roster of international soloists, such as Mexican composer Javier Álvarez, Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernández and Peruvian guitarist Luis Rafael Vivanco, the Chicago Latino Music Festival features Chicago’s own budding musicians Andrea Salcedo and Iván Reséndiz, as well as Chicagoans Fareed Haque, Goran Ivanovic; and leading ensembles KAIA String Quartet, WFMT artist-in-residence; Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Chicago’s leader in new art music.


Performance highlights include World Premiere of a groundbreaking electroacoustic work from renowned Yucatan-based composer Javier Álvarez created in partnership with Latina Girls Code and The People’s Music School; Ensemble CONCEPT/21’s musical exploration of the influence of Latin roots in the creation of new American music; Fifth House Ensemble’s modern interpretation of a Puerto Rican folktale inspired by true stories of Chicagoan; baroque colonial music of Peru; and an encore, improvised performance finale


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 2018 Schedule



WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 7:00 p.m.

Guitarrísimo (Guitar series): Fareed Haque & Goran Ivanovic, featuring Andrea Salcedo

Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St.

$20 admission; $15 for members of International Latino Cultural Center & Instituto Cervantes
Tickets: latinomusicfest.org/


Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock, Latin American music and the Balkan region, this performance features the unrivaled artistry of virtuoso guitar players Fareed Haque and Goran Ivanovic. Haque and Ivanovic have recorded two CDs together, Macedonian Blues and 7 Boats, to great critical acclaim, including being named the best acoustic guitar album in 2004 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. The young guitarist Andrea Salcedo joins them for this exciting opening night.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 6:30 p.m.

Ensemble CONCEPT/21: Celebrating American Latino Composers

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

Free admission.

New music ensemble CONCEPT/21 performs music written by American composers of Latin American descent and reveals the influence of Latin roots in the creation of new American music.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 8:30 p.m.

Fareed Haque, KAIA String Quartet

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

Free admission. RSVP required at oldtownschool.org

Guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque and the KAIA String Quartet—an American chamber ensemble on the rise—perform works by Latin American masters like Astor Piazzolla, Eduardo Angulo and Leo Brouwer. From Afro-Cuban to tango, from the Caribbean and Mexico to the Río de la Plata, this performance gives a new flavor to jazz, Latino and chamber music.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 8:30 p.m.

¡Revolución!: Electroacoustic Music from Mexico

Fulcrum Point New Music Project featuring Javier Álvarez

Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave

Cost: $10

Fulcrum Point New Music Project collaborates with the Morelia, Michoacan-based Mexican Centre for Music and the Sonic Arts (CMMAS) to present ¡Revolución! featuring electroacoustic music from Mexican composers plus the unique opportunity for audience members to control the performance via new technology. Utilizing BAFTA-nominated composer/synthesist Joel Corelitz’s smartphone app, Shortwave, audience members will have the chance to interact with a new work by Javier Álvarez featuring electronic music created with students from Latina Girls Code and The People’s Music Schoolproducing a collaborative concert experience. 


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 6:30 p.m.

Fifth House Ensemble Presents Luna de Cuernos

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

Free admission.

In collaboration with Sarah Becan and in partnership with the Association House of Chicago, Fifth House Ensemble presents a multimedia storytelling concert experience. Luna de Cuernos is a modern interpretation of a Puerto Rican folktale inspired by the true stories of Chicagoans and told through music and stunning illustrations.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 3:00 p.m.

Luis Rafael Vivanco

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

Free with Museum admission.

This guitar journey through the history of Peru focuses on the work “Echoes of the Incas,” baroque colonial music of the Viceroyalty of Peru, and features classical music from the independence era, as well as the Romantic works of Pedro Abril Ximénez y Tirado, who were known as the “Rossini of the Americas.” Presented in conjunction with Art Institute of Chicago’s Woven Worlds: Textiles on the Andes.



Eduardo Fernández, Ivan Resendiz

Instituto Cervantes 31 W. Ohio St.

Suggested Donation: $10

Considered among the top 5 classical guitars players in the world, Eduardo Fernández performs a range of Latin American and Spanish music, both folk and contemporary as well as some of the most important classical works. Mexican guitar player Iván Reséndiz, a rising star among young guitarists, opens the concert. Presented in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2:00 p.m.

Latin American Soundscapes – Paisajes Sonoros Latinoamericanos
Featuring Gustavo Leone, Elbio Barilari & their musical friends

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

Free admission

Some of the most adventurous performers in the Chicago are Latinos. Following their memorable 2016 Chicago Latino Music Festival performance, Latino composers and performers Gustavo Leone & Elbio Barilari return with their friends for an exciting improvised music session in the beautiful Cindy Pritzker Auditorium.


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 13th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 10th 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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