Symphony Guild Musical Monday: Music of the Baroque
George Stellutoviolin/conductor
Pei-yeh Tsaiharpsichord
9:30 am refreshments
10:00 am program
First Federated Church
3601 N. Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL
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Enjoy the sounds of the Baroque era with the PSO principal keyboard, Pei-yeh Tsai, on harpsichord along with Maestro George Stelluto on violin. This will be a great way to understand what you’ll be hearing at The Cathedral of Saint Mary during the Joy at the Cathedral concert on November 19, 2022.

9:30 AM refreshments, 10:00 AM presentation at First Federated Church

Free for Symphony Guild Members • $5 for non-members.

Program Notes

George Stelluto

American conductor George Stelluto continues to inspire both national and local audiences. Now in his twelfth season as Music Director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, his diverse abilities, innovative programming, and collaborative vision have earned him the reputation as one of today’s most insightful and inspiring interpreters (and presenters) of music from the Baroque to the Twenty-First Century. He has performed in the major concert halls of more than a dozen countries in Europe, South America, and Asia as well as over twenty US states. His recent guest-conducting activities include Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, San Diego, Milwaukee, and Pasadena symphony orchestras in the United States; international appearances with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, TransylvaniaState Philharmonic (Romania), Ukrainian National Orchestra, KyivPhilharmonic, Orquesta Jovem do Estado Sau Paulo, and OrquestaFilarmonica del Ecuador; as well as performances with the NewYork City Ballet, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The RaviniaFestival, International Contemporary Ensemble, New York OperaCooperative, The Juilliard Orchestra, and Juilliard’s “Focus!” and“Beyond the Machine” Festivals, Axiom, and New Juilliard Ensemble. He gave his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut in 2021 at the Ravinia Festival, his Avery Fischer Hall (Geffen Hall) and Alice TullyHall debuts in 2008 and 2007 with the Juilliard Orchestra, and his Carnegie Hall debuts in 2010 with members of A Far Cry. He led the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in its Ravinia Festival debut in 2018. His international debut took place at the Kyiv International MusicFestival in 2000.

Learn more about Maestro George Stelluto

Pei-yeh Tsai

Pianist Pei-yeh Tsai is originally from Taiwan. She currently is the principal pianist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New Bedford Symphony, and Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She has a doctoral degree from Boston University. Dr. Tsai studied at the Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University with Boris Slutsky and subsequently received a master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. Dr.Tsai’s recent engagements include a premiere of Ketty Nez’s piano concerto Thresholds with David Martins conducting the Boston University Wind Ensemble; concerts with the Atlantic Symphony Chamber Players; and performances with the Boston University Orchestra of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Paul Bowles’ concerto for two pianos and winds. Last year, Dr. Tsai was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 in a program called Soul Music, where she talked about the important role Rachmaninoff plays in her life and music. Dr. Tsai has received first prize in the Aaron Richmond International Piano Competition, New England Chamber Music Ensemble Competition with the Clara Piano Quartet, and Baltimore Music Club Piano Competition, and fourth prize in the Iowa International Piano Competition, and The Viardo Prize at The Viardo International Piano Competition. Dr. Tsai is also the recipient of numerous awards including two Piano Departmental Awards given by Boston University, the Marie Miller Award from the Women’s Guild in Boston, the Sergio Fiorentino Memorial Award, and the Rose Marie Milholland Award, and a Career Development Grant from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

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