Fiesta Latina!

concert series

Get to know the Latin culture through the best symphonic music of the region!

About Fiesta Latina

Since very early in his musical career, Dominican conductor and composer Darwin Aquino started a life time project known as Fiesta Latina. Its originality and special connection with the audiences has made it a favorite in Latin American countries, the United States and Europe.

Fiesta Latina is an entertaining full symphonic concert designed as an educational program. It features the most outstanding Latin composers including all genres in classical and popular music. Our mission is to make audiences and artistic institutions aware of this world class repertoire, helping them include these brilliant works in current programmings.

Duration of the program: Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, plus intermission.


Fiesta Latina includes live interactive explanations for each of the works, composers, percussion instruments and rhythms, commenting about their places in Latin American culture. If a screen is available, images and videos of the places and its people, are available.

For the end of the concert the Orchestra stands up to dance a very special choreography, in our energetic Encores.

Audiences are invited to sing, clap, stand up and dance !!!

Listen to Fiesta Latina live audio samples

El Sistema, an influence

The idea started back in 2004 when Darwin was appointed Music Director of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra in the Dominican Republic’s El Sistema. 

For more than one decade he had the opportunity to work closely with many of the most prominent Latin American composers and learn from first hand this unique repertoire. The initiative grew exponentially when Darwin was selected unanimously as the youngest member of the Collegium of Latin American Composers is 2011.

Special visits included yearly trips to Venezuela, birth place of El Sistema and center for many years of the Latin American symphonic life, plus seminars, masterclasses and concerts in Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay, Brasil, Nicaragua, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Las Bahamas, etc.

International Concerts

After the first years inside Latin America, Fiesta Latina started its expansion. In recent years this concert series and it’s unique music has been featured  by:

Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, Germany (2012, 2016, 2018)

Saarländisches Staatsorchester, Germany (2018)

International Music Festival Alfredo de Saint Malo, Panama (2011, 2012, 2018)

ADCA Symphony Orchestra, New York (2019)

Washington University Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis (2019)

Gateway Festival Orchestra, USA (2019)

These outstanding symphony orchestras made Fiesta Latina part of their annual concert seasons, with great acclaim of the audiences and SOLD OUT events.

Fiesta Latina – Program Choices


A. Márquez – Conga del Fuego Nuevo(7 min)

J. Moncayo – Huapango (9 min)

A. Márquez – Danzón No. 2  (10 min)


A. Romero – Fuga con Pajarillo (7 min)

A. Rugeles – Tanguitis (4 min)


L. Lamothe – A Haitian Phantasy (12 min)
– Danse No. 4
– Danse Capoise

Dominican Republic

B. Bustamante – Suite Macorix (18 min)

B. Bustamante – Fantasía Criolla (15 min)

D. Aquino – Congofonía (7 min)

D. Aquino – YOAminicana (5 min)

More choices include music from: Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Nicaragua, Bahamas, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, El Salvador, Peru, Guatemala, etc.


A. Ginastera – Danzas del Ballet “Estancia” Op. 8 (12 min)


H. Villalobos – Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2 (20 min)

Puerto Rico

Carlos Alberto Vázquez  – Fiesta Rugeliana (8 min)


Carlos Fariñas – Seis Sones Sencillos (14 min)

G. López-Gavilán – Guaguancó (6 min)


Sergio R. Reyes – Migraciones (10 min)


A. Bermúdez – Colombia Tierra Querida “Cumbia” (5 min)


R. Cordero – Elegia for Strings (5 min)


Juan Luis Guerra – La Bilirrubina “Merengue”(3 min)

L. Alberti – Compadre Pedro Juan “Merengue” (4 min)