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

APR 27 The Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Geoffrey Robson, presents music from Bernstein, Sibelius, Debussy, and more, with guest clarinet soloist Yoonah Kim. 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

SEP 29 - 30 Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, featuring David Fung, and Stravinsky's Petrushka.

OCT 2 Mozart's Oboe Quartet in F major, Schmann's String Quartet in A minor

NOV 10 - 11 Guest Conductor Sarah Ionannides and the ASO present Tower's Coming to America, Smetana's Vltava, and Elgar's Enigma Variations.

NOV 13 Brahms's Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major and Piano Quartet in G minor, featuring ASO Concertmaster Kiril Laskarov.

DEC 14-16 Your Arkansas Symphony invites you to bring family and friends to the Robinson Center for a fun-packed holiday music extravaganza! Kids aged one to one hundred should put on a holiday sweater, grab your favorite holiday candy, and settle in to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

JAN 26 - 27 Verdi's Overture to La forza del destino, Chopin's Piano Concerto No., with Artist of Distinction Andrew von Oeyen, and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3, "Scottish."

JAN 29 Haydn's String Quartet, Op. 20, No. 4, Chopin's Selections for Solo Piano, and Enesco's Piano Quintet in A minor.

FEB 23 - 24 Beethoven's Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy.

FEB 26 Janáček's String Quartet No. 1, Puccini's String Quartet in D Major, Verdi's String Quartet.

FEB 9-10 Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein III, grandson of the beloved librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, hosts a celebration of some of America's most cherished music from the stage.

APR 13 - 14 Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila, Ravel's Tzigane, Beethoven's Romance No. 2, Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty, and Enesco's Romanian Rhapsody.

APR 16 Debussy's Violin Sonata, Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds.

MAR 9-10 Beatlemania is back with Classical Mystery Tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!

MAY 4 - 5 Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Fine's Concerto for Oboe Section, Brahms' Hungarian Dances, and Liszt's Les Préludes.

MAY 7 Ravel's Sonatine en Trio, Francaix's String Trio, Pärt's Fratres, Dillon's Multiplicity, Gardel's Por una Cabeza.

MAY 11-12 Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams' Academy Award-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra in sync to the film projected on a huge HD screen!

Musician in the Spotlight, Youth Orchestra Edition: Wilson Vanderslice

Musician in the Spotlight, Youth Orchestra Edition: Wilson Vanderslice

 

By: Rebecca Kirkpatrick
November 6, 2017

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Musician in the Spotlight, Youth Orchestra Edition: Wilson Vanderslice

It’s time for another edition of Musician in the Spotlight, and this time there's a twist! 
Each week we highlight a musician with a few fun facts our patrons may not have otherwise known. This week our Musician in the Spotlight is one of our Youth Orchestra members, Wilson Vanderslice. Here are a few facts you may not know about Wilson:...

 

When is your birthday?
August 19th 2000 (same as Romanian composer, George Enescu)

What is your hometown?
Conway,  Arkansas

What is your favorite food?
Maybe a good Margherita Pizza?

What instrument(s) can you play?
I play cello, but took guitar lessons for six years when I was younger.

Who is your favorite composer and why?
My favorite composer is Claude Debussy because of the incredible palette of colors in his compositions. When I listen to Debussy's music, such as La Mer, paintings like those by Winslow Homer often come to mind.

What sparked your initial interest in music?
I grew up with parents who really loved folk music and singer/songwriters. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in music.

What other hidden talents do you have?
I used to draw very often and developed some talent in my drawings. 


In what store could you max out your credit card?
Probably H&M or a great violin shop like Reuning & Sons

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
If I had a superpower, it would be to be able to live without sleep. I’d get so much done!


What are three things on your bucket list?
I want to perform in an old European hall, play a Bach composition in a Baroque church, and visit Asia. 


What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people don’t wash their hands.

Do you have any pets?
Yes; two dogs and one cat.


Do you have any nicknames?
Not really-- some people call me by just my last name: “Vanderslice.”


Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I am addicted watching certain channels on Youtube. 


How long have you played with the ASYO?
3 years

What is your favorite movie?
Probably 2001: A Space Odyssey


What is the last book you read?
The Stranger by Albert Camus

Who inspires you?
Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. His sound is just so awe-inspiring and I think he has performed some of the best cello recordings.

Which four individuals, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with and why?
Rostropovich- so I could poke at his mind and learn about his approach to cello from someone who inspires me so much.
Mozart- So I could tell him to write a cello concerto!
Bach- So he could tell the whole world which manuscript of the six cello suites is the correct copy.
Albert Camus- So I could talk to him about what he planned on doing had he not died so early.


Any other fun facts you'd like to share about yourself?
Not particularly 


What is your favorite thing about playing for Youth Orchestra?
My favorite thing about playing for the Youth Orchestra is the repertoire we perform. My first year we played some movements from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. I am a big Proko fan and Romeo and Juliet is very satisfying to play.

This Sunday, the ASYO will perform their fall concert, Symphonie FantastiqueWhat aspect of the Fall Concert are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to performing with the choir on the Nelson Mass. I have played with choir before, but never in a composition such as a mass, so I am looking forward to the new experience.

 

Thanks for stopping by our blog and learning a little more about Wilson! To learn more about the ASYO's exciting upcoming concert, visit https://www.arkansassymphony.org/news-events/asoye-symphonie-fantastique . We hope to see you there!

 

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