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DEC 15-17 Put on a holiday sweater, grab a candy cane, and head to the Robinson Center for this fun-packed holiday musical extravaganza with your Arkansas Symphony! BUY TICKETS

JAN 18 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents music from Respighi, Barber, and Korngold in the acoustically unique setting of Calvary Baptist Church in Little Rock. BUY TICKETS

JAN 27-28 Warm yourself from the winter weather with “Tchaikovsky’s Passion,” featuring selections from Bizet’s Carmen, one of the most widely-recognized operas in history,  De Falla’s “Nights in the Garden of Spain” and Tchaikovsky's “Pathetique,” a composition full of fire, sadness, and passion. BUY TICKETS

JAN 30 Arensky: Quartet for Violin, Viola, and Two CellosDvořák: String Quartet No. 13 in G Major BUY TICKETS

FEB 10-11 Three of Nashville's elite songwriters perform and share the stories behind some of the biggest hits they've penned for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, and many, many more! BUY TICKETS

FEB 24-25 Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, and Holst's The Planets. BUY TICKETS

FEB 27 Rachmaninoff: String quartet No. 1Cras - QuintetteMozart: Divertimento No. 11, K. 251 BUY TICKETS

MAR 8 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents music from Vieuxtemps, Bach, Vivaldi, and ASO Composer of the Year, Adam Schoenberg, in the acoustically unique setting of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock. BUY TICKETS

MAR 10-11 Three versatile singers join the ASO to honor "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, in what would have been her 100th year. BUY TICKETS

MAR 27 Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1Ewazen: Down a River of Time BUY TICKETS

APR 14-15 Adam Schoenberg's Finding Rothko, Ravel's Ma Mère l’Oye: 5 pièces enfantines, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral," with impressionist painter, Barry Thomas. BUY TICKETS

APR 13 - MAY 13 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild's 2018 fundraiser presents a design showcase at 8 Valley Creek View.

APR 17 Schoenberg, Adam: Slo-Moattr. Beethoven: Trio for Three FlutesSerocki: Suite for Four TrombonesBeethoven: String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59 No. 2 BUY TICKETS

MAY 3 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents music from Handel, Koetsier, and Haydn in the acoustically unique setting of St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock. BUY TICKETS

MAY 12-13 Hold onto your hats, and watch the classic action adventure film while the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs the score live! BUY TICKETS

Mid-Week Musician in the Spotlight: Dan Santelices


By: Rebecca Kirkpatrick
September 27, 2017

Daniel_Santelices.jpgMid-Week Musician in the Spotlight: Dan Santelices

It’s time for another edition of the Mid-week Musician in the Spotlight. Each week we will highlight a musician with a few fun facts our patrons may not have otherwise known. This week our Musician in the Spotlight is ASO violinist, Dan Santelices. Here are a few fun facts about Dan:


When is your birthday?
September 2


What is your hometown?
Chicago, Illinois


What instrument(s) can you play?
Violin, Viola, and Piano


"The Magical Music of Harry Potter" is next weekend, October 7th and 8th. What makes you most excited about this concert?
I am excited about performing this concert because I know how much the audience will enjoy it! The scores of John Williams are genius and the ones for the Harry Potter films are no exception.

Hearing the music is like watching the movie. His writing, especially for the characters, is so descriptive that you can hear what the characters may be thinking and feeling. Hedwig's theme, right from the beginning, combines the childlike sound of the celeste with the fleet soaring scales the violins and woodwinds play. These are combined with exotic harmonies that draws the viewer in and perfectly illuminates the mystical quality of the owl in flight.
The abundance of notes that Williams writes on the page is a challenge! I am most looking forward to playing every single one of them to the best of my ability!


Who is your favorite composer and why?
Mozart . Aside from his extraordinary genius, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", which he composed the music for, it is the first piece we/I as a Suzuki teacher teach our students. Hearing and playing it just reminds me that, through music, we are teaching them to cultivate and possess a beautiful heart from a young age.


What sparked your initial interest in music?
My mother "made" me play the violin as a child. However, my parents also owned a classical music LP for children. One of the pieces was "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" from Peer Gynt which I listened to often and liked moving around to--I suppose because it starts off slowly and softly and ends fast, loud and energetically!


What other hidden talents do you have?
I can name the winners, owners, trainers & jockeys of the Kentucky Derby since at least 1940. I have been an avid collector of horse racing memorabilia (programs) since I was a child


Do you have a guilty pleasure?
The Pantry's Cheesecake


How long have you played with the ASO?


What is your favorite movie?
Billy Elliot


What is the last book you read?
A New Earth by Eckart Tolle


Who inspires you?
The students & parents whom I teach and any of the musicians I get to perform with, which certainly includes Maestro Mann and my colleagues in the ASO.


Which four individuals, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with and why?
My family. They are ALL great cooks, conversationalists and possess a wonderful sense of humor.


Any other fun facts you'd like to share about yourself?
I play and love racquet sports including racquetball, tennis & squash.


We've loved getting to know a bit more about Dan. To hear him master all of the violin notes that John Williams can dish out, join us for "The Magical Music of Harry Potter," October 7th at 7:30 p.m. and October 8th at 3:00 p.m.. You can reserve your tickets by visiting . 

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