Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major
Saint Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor
Bizet: Symphony in C
Enjoy the beauty of spring through the melodies of Bizet, Saint Saëns, and Strauss. We welcome two incredible soloists, Oto Carrillo, horn, and Christine Lamprea, cello. It’s sure to be a night to remember. Make sure to join us early for a free pre-concert lecture with Maestro George Stelluto. This is a great way to understand what you’ll be hearing inside the concert hall.
In the first half of this program, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra welcomes two fine soloists. Oto Carillo, horn, of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, opens the concert with Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1. This work, written when the composer was only 19 years old, was inspired by his father’s playing. The dynamic young Christine Lamprea, cello, then joins us for the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Saint-Saëns, one of the finest Romantic works for the cello. The program ends with a youthful work by Bizet, the Symphony in C.
Sounds of Spring will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 7:30 pm at Grace Presbyterian Church.
Daniel Barenboim appointed Oto Carrillo to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2000. A native of Guatemala, Carrillo grew up in Chicago and earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from DePaul University and master’s degrees in music performance and musicology from Northwestern University, studying horn with Jon Boen and Gail Williams. After graduating, he won positions with the Memphis and Cedar Rapids (now Orchestra Iowa) symphony orchestras and continued playing in Chicago for two seasons as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, coached by Dale Clevenger.
He also has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitana Orchestra of Lisbon as well the Chicago Sinfonietta, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Philharmonic, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition, Carrillo has played in various summer festival orchestras including the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival (Woodstock, Illinois), and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.
Prior to his appointment to the CSO, Carrillo held positions in the South Bend and Southwest Michigan symphony orchestras. He has collaborated with numerous chamber groups, including Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Millar Brass Ensemble — whose performances have been recorded on the Delos and Koss labels — and as a chamber musician in the CSO’s MusicNOW series. He was a soloist in the Chicago premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s Silver Chants the Litanies for horn and chamber orchestra and has collaborated with the CSO horn section to perform Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns with the Chicago Youth Symphony, the Civic Orchestra, and the CSO. Recently, Carrillo gave a series of recitals in Vancouver, Canada, and served as guest principal horn of the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico and guest associate principal horn of the Utah Symphony.
As an instructor, Carrillo has given many master classes at various institutions worldwide. He served for ten years on the faculty of the Pacific Regional International Summer Music Academy (formerly the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific), a unique summer training program for aspiring young orchestral musicians in British Columbia. He is currently on the faculty at DePaul University, and in 2013, was awarded the university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Outside of playing horn, Carrillo enjoys savoring and occasionally brewing excellent craft beer, woodworking, playing sports of all types, traveling to beautiful places around the world, and the company of his wife Sarah, a freelance trumpet player, and their college-aged children, Lucas and Isabelle.
CHRISTINE LAMPREA, Cellist and 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Winner is an artist known for her emotionally committed and intense performances. Upon her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in 2013, she has since returned to Carnegie, as well as performed with orchestras such Costa Rica National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, National Symphony of Michoacan, New Jersey Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi across the U.S. As a recitalist, Ms. Lamprea has appeared in prestigious series at Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Florida’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Pepperdine University, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Washington Performing Arts Society. In demand as a chamber musician, she performs regularly with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and has performed with such musicians as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Sarah Chang, Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, and Carol Wincenc.
Ms. Lamprea strives to expand her musical boundaries by exploring many genres of music and non-traditional venues for performance and teaching. Her Songs of Colombia Suite includes arrangements of traditional South American tunes for cello and piano or guitar, and have been performed at the Colombian Embassy and Supreme Court of the United States for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She has worked with members of the Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants and studied sonatas with fortepiano with Audrey Axinn. She has premiered several works by composers of today. In recent years, she commissioned cadenzas for the Haydn D Major Concerto by Jessie Montgomery and premiered Jeffrey Mumford’s cello concerto “of fields unfolding…echoing depths of resonant light” with the San Antonio Symphony.
Ms. Lamprea is on the cello faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, serves as substitute faculty at the Juilliard School, and served as Lecturer of Cello at the Texas Christian University School of Music for the 2018-19 academic year. Ms. Lamprea has given masterclasses for the Vivac-e Festival, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, among others. She has worked with Ecuadorian youth in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, as part of a residency between The Juilliard School and “Sinfonia Por La Vida,” a social inclusion program modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema program. Christine Lamprea is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, which supported her studies at the New England Conservatory, and a Sphinx MPower Artist Grant, which supported her study with acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz. She studied with Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School and holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Natasha Brofsky. Additional influences were Lynn Harrell, Frans Helmerson, and Philippe Muller. Previous teachers include Ken Freudigman and Ken Ishii.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.