Merry Pranks
George Stellutoconductor
Pei-yeh Tsaipiano
Sarah Carrillotrumpet
8:00 pm broadcast on WTVP Create 47.4

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Merry Pranks
Broadcast on WTVP Create 47.4 on October 24, 2020
George Stelluto · conductor
Pei-yeh Tsai · piano
Sarah Carrillo · trumpet

Fall celebrations come to life with joys and jests! This program evokes images of cheerful gatherings with family and friends. Let slow Autumn fires, fresh cider, harvest meals, and perfect music inspire your unhurried enjoyment of the season’s blessings.

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Mozart: Divertimento for Strings, K.136

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About Pei-yeh Tsai

Pei-yeh Tsai joined the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in 2019 as principal pianist and featured soloist. In addition to PSO, she is a frequent sub for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and principal pianist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and New Bedford Symphony. Her performance is best described by cellist Yo-Yo Ma: “Tsai is a powerhouse of a pianist; she plays with an incredible depth of soul. Her love of her instrument is perceptible… she draws the listener in with a great range of color and expression.”

Tsai’s mastery of her instrument and her ability to express its depths has been noted throughout her career. She took first prizes in the Aaron Richmond International Piano Competition and International New England Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, Special Viardo Prize at the Viardo International Piano Competition, the Rising Star Award and Sergio Fiorentino Memorial Award from the Rising Stars of Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, the Rose Marie Milholland Award from the Peabody Conservatory, the Marie Miller Award from the Women’s Guild, and a prize winner of The Iowa International Piano Competition. As an advocate of new music and a past member of BleepBlop electro-acoustic ensemble, she has premiered numerous new works; among them: Ketty Nez’s piano concerto Thresholds with the Boston University Wind Ensemble and Fleeting for solo piano by Michele Caniato.

Tsai’s performances are also wide ranging geographically, having performed across continents in Moscow, Vienna, Spain, Austria, and Taiwan. She has also performed at the distinguished venues of Chicago Symphony Center, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Her performances have also played on WFMT, WTVP, WCTV, STV8, and BIRN radio stations, and had an exclusive personal interview by BBC’s Radio 4 “Soul Music” with Rosie Boulton about her performance of Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto.

Dr. Tsai received her graduate diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky with regular masterclasses with Leon Fleisher. She received her master’s degree from The Juilliard School with Jerome Lowenthal, and her D.M.A. from Boston University. In addition, Dr. Tsai also studied orchestra performance with Mary Sauer, whom holds 57 years as the principal pianist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. During her leisure time, Tsai finds inspiration hiking remote mountain trails and alpine lakes, capturing these images with a keen photographer’s eye.

About Sarah Carrillo

Sarah Carrillo, a native of Massachusetts, spent much of her early life studying with members of the Boston Symphony, both in Boston and at Tanglewood. Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree from Boston University where she studied with the legendary Roger Voisin, she came to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, from which she received her master’s degree. Sarah has performed with many groups in the Chicago area, including the Chicago Symphony, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Northbrook Symphony, The Chicago Arts Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony, Brass Works Brass Quintet, Northside Brass, International Chamber Artists, Chicago Symphonietta, South Bend Symphony, Highland Park Strings, and Northwest Indiana Symphony. She has also performed with the Gulbenkian Funducao Orchestra of Lisbon, Portugal, the Boston Symphony, and the New World Symphony. She and her husband Oto Carrillo, a member of the Chicago Symphony’s fabulous french horn section, have two children who also play trumpet and french horn.

Concert Sponsors & Underwriters

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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