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Mattina Musica with Oto Carrillo

  • Sid Williams Theatre 442 Cliffe Avenue Courtenay, BC Canada (map)

Co-presented by Sarah Hagen and the Sid Williams Theatre Society

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Mattina Musica returns to the Comox Valley for an exciting fourth season.

Italian for “Morning Music,”  Mattina Musica is a 5 concert series of classical music, each taking place on a Monday morning.  Patrons are warmly invited to meet in the Sid lobby at 9:45 am for tea, coffee, and conversation before the 10:30 am concert.

Can you think of a better way to spend a Monday morning?

For the finale concert in this season’s Mattina Musica, Oto Carrillo, horn player with the Chicago Symphony, will join Sarah in a programme of Beethoven and Strauss. The two first met at the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in Powell River in 2010 where they played the Mozart Quintet. They had so much fun that they began scheming other opportunities to perform and will warm-up for their Mattina Musica recital with a concert together in Chicago in September 2013.



Oto Carrillo was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) horn section by Daniel Barenboim in 2000. A native of Guatemala, Carrillo grew up in Chicago, admiring the CSOand its wonderful horn section while receiving a bachelor’s degree in music performance from DePaul University and a master’s degree in both music performance and musicology from Northwestern University. His teachers were Jon Boen, principal horn of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Gail Williams, former associate principal of the CSO. After graduating, he won positions with the Memphis and Cedar Rapids orchestras, and was able to continue playing in Chicago for two seasons as a member of the Civic Orchestra, coached by Dale Clevenger. He also has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitana Orchestra of Lisbon, Portugal as well as having had featured roles in Chicago based ensembles such as the Chicago Sinfonietta, Music of the Baroque, the Chicago Philharmonic, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago

In addition, Oto has played in various summer festivals with such orchestras as the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Grant Park Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Festival in Woodstock, Illinois, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. Prior to his appointment to the CSO, Carrillo held positions in the South Bend and Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestras.

Oto has collaborated with numerous chamber groups such as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, musicians from the MusicNow series, and was a member of the Millar Brass Ensemble whose performances have been recorded on the Delos and Koss labels. In addition, Carrillo has been a soloist with various groups in and outside the Chicago area performing works by Bach, Strauss, and Mozart, as well as giving the Chicago premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’ Silver Chants the Litanies for horn and chamber orchestra. He has collaborated with his colleagues in the CSO horn section to perform Schumann’s Concertstucke for Four Horns with the Chicago Youth Symphony, the Civic Orchestra, and most recently, the CSO. As an instructor, Carrillo has given many master classes at various institutions.

Currently, he is on faculty at DePaul University. Outside of playing, Carrillo enjoys the company of his wife Sarah, a free-lane trumpet player, and their two children, Lucas and Isabelle.