Fiesta Latina!

A celebration of Latin American & Caribbean Music

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

About Fiesta Latina

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

Fiesta Latinais a full symphonic concert designed as an entertaining educational program, which promotes the most outstanding Latin composers. Unfortunately, this music is not often included in usual concert programing. Our mission is to make audiences and artistic institutions aware of this world class repertoire. 

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

Watch: La Bilirrubina by Juan Luis Guerra (Merengue)


Live interactive explanations for each of the pieces, instruments and their place in Latin American culture as a whole, is included. If screen is available, images and videos of the places and its people are available. Orchestra choreographed dance finishes the concert in our special Encores.

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

El Sistema

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 Latin American composers and learn this unique repertoire, from first hand traditions.

These special visits included yearly trips to Venezuela, birth place of El Sistema and center of the LatinAmerican symphonic life.

International Concerts

After traveling through the years to conduct many concerts in Latin American (Panama, Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Haiti, Colombia), Fiesta Latinastarted its expansion. In recent years the concert traveled to Germany under the invitation of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz and the Saarlandisches Staatsorchester.These outstanding orchestras have made it part of their concert seasons, with great acclaim of the audiences, plus sold out events.

Partial List of 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)


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)


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


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

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

More choices include music from: Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Bahamas, Chile, Peru, Guatemala, etc.