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Sep. 30 - Oct. 1 Fabulous violinist Jennifer Frautschi peforms the Florence Price Violin Concerto No. 2 and the orchestra performs Respighi's massive Pines of Rome SIGN UP TODAY

Oct. 21-22 Experience watching this epic movie while listening to John Williams' iconic score with a live orchestra! SIGN UP TODAY

Nov. 11-12 Sensational pianist Conrad Tao returns to Little Rock to perform one of the greatest works in the piano repertory: Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto. SIGN UP TODAY

Dec. 15-17 Your ASO invites you to bring family and friends to the Robinson Center for a fun-packed holiday music extravaganza! SIGN UP TODAY

Jan. 27-28 Piazzolla's passionate tango-inspired melodies, CPE Bach's Concerto for Flute, Saint-Saëns' Earth-shaking Organ Symphony SIGN UP TODAY

Feb. 10-11 Enjoy iconic James Bond songs from almost six decades of box office blockbusters with your ASO and amazing guest singers. SIGN UP TODAY

Feb. 24-25 Christopher Theofanidis' The Wind and Petit Jean - commissioned and premiered by ASO musicians - opens a concert featuring Beethoven's Violin Concerto and more. SIGN UP TODAY

Mar. 9-10 ASO will join forces with Capathia Jenkins' powerhouse voice to perform the soulful hits of Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton, Adele, and many more! SIGN UP TODAY

Apr. 6-7 Gustav Holst's magnificent tribute to the cosmos will be performed on the weekend preceding the totality of the 2024 eclipse's passing through Little Rock! SIGN UP TODAY

May 4-5 Romantic masterpieces close the season with Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde Prelude, Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 4. SIGN UP TODAY

May 11-12 For the first time ever, your ASO will host a singing competition, featuring Bonnie Montgomery, Rodney Block, and American Idol's Season Eight winner Kris Allen as our guest celebrity judges. Watch performers go head-to-head alongside the orchestra to win your votes for the grand prize!   SIGN UP TODAY

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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