Fareed Haque, Susan Merdinger & KAIA String Quartet



Friday, October 20
The Music Center at Columbia College


Fareed Haque – Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation. Born in 1963 to a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, Fareed’s extensive travels, with especially long stays in Spain, France, Iran, Pakistan, and Chile exposed Haque to different music from a very early age. This natural eclecticism has become the hallmark of Haque’s music, but it was repeated visits to Von Freeman’s Chicago jam sessions that gave Haque the grounding in the Chicago blues and jazz tradition.

Susan Merdinger – Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger has been internationally acclaimed in prestigious newspapers and journals for her stunning performances. Merdinger enjoys an active schedule performing as a concerto soloist, recitalist, duo pianist, and as a chamber musician. She has toured Europe and the USA under the auspices of the International Concert Administration Foundation. She has been a Visiting Artist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series for five consecutive years, garnering standing ovations for her performances with the Tononi Ensemble at The Art Institute and at Symphony Center. In recent seasons, Merdinger made her Chicago Orchestral Debut at Harris Theater with The Chicago Philharmonic

KAIA String Quartet – KAIA String Quartet is a Chicago-based ensemble devoted to capturing the essence of Latin American culture through the medium of the string quartet. KAIA is currently in residency with WFMT Chicago’s classical and arts radio station where they perform, curate, and expose audiences to new ways of thinking about Latin American music. The quartet recently toured Uruguay and Argentina in support of their latest work, QUARTANGO, an album featuring all tangos from the Rio de la Plata.

Program & Synopsis

WFMT Celebrates Fiesta’s 5th Anniversary

Concert presented in collaboration with Columbia College


Frantz Casseus – Three pieces
1- Prelude
2- Simbi
3- Dance of the Hounsies
Isaac Albéniz – Torre Bermeja
Fareed Haque, guitar
Isaac Albeniz – Granada (Serenata) from the Suite Española
Enrique Granados – Mazurka from the Escenas Románticas
Elbio Barilari – The Saxon Variations
Susan Merdinger, piano

Elbio Barilari – Canyengue
Kaia String Quartet
Tango Sensations
Fareed Haque, guitar
Kaia String Quartet


WFMT 98.7, the LMF and Columbia College present a concert celebrating the 5th anniversary of Fiesta, the only radio program in the US dedicated to Classical Latin American Music.