Exploring standard and adventurous Classical repertoire

Founded in 1998, Mariposa takes its name from the Spanish word for “butterfly.” The duo enjoys exploring standard and adventurous Classical repertoire, with occasional guest artists.

Mariposa has been featured in recital on the Artspree series at UA Little Rock and at numerous colleges and universities in Arkansas, and is on the roster for Arkansas Arts on Tour.

Excerpts from their concert recording, “Modern Flair!” have been featured on radio broadcasts for:

  • “Classical Arkansas,” KLRE 90.5 – FM
  • “Eine kleine frauenmusik,” Southeastern Public Radio
  • “The Latest Score,” WOMR-FM (Provincetown, MA)
  • “Variations on a Theme,” WORT-FM (Madison, WI)
  • 4MBS-FM (Brisbane, Australia)
Photo Credit: Peggy Harstvedt

Violinist Sandra McDonald

Sandra is in her 41st season with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, having served as assistant concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for 34 years, a veteran symphonic performer. She is a founding member of Mariposa with Linda Holzer, and also performs as first violinist in the Da Capo Quartet. In 2009, she was the recipient of a Governor’s Arts Award in the category Individual Artist. Her teaching career involves maintaining an active violin studio at “Adventures in the Arts,” a fine arts academy run at Pulaski Heights Methodist Church in Little Rock. Additionally, she has served on the summer faculties of the Wildwood Academy for Music and the Arts, and the Adult Amateur Chamber Music Camp in Little Rock. She is certified as a Suzuki violin teacher, having trained with Suzuki pedagogues Allen Lieb, Alice Joy Lewis, Linda Steig, Nancy Jackson, Barbara Barber, and Thomas Wermuth, and her students include both Suzuki and traditional students.

A native of Ohio, she holds the BM degree from Bowling Green State University, and pursued graduate study at the University of Arizona-Tucson and the Aspen Music Festival. Well-known to audiences throughout Arkansas for her collaborative participation in a wide range of musical events and ensembles, Ms. McDonald was formerly an Adjunct Instructor of Violin at Hendrix College for 7 years, and a guest clinician at the Suzuki Institute in Atlanta. Previously she has performed as a member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra under conductor Serge Fournier, and with the Aspen Concert Orchestra conducted by Sergiu Comissiona.

Pianist Linda Holzer

Linda is a professor of music at UA Little Rock. A native of Chicago, she holds degrees in piano performance from Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Florida State University. Prior to joining the faculty at UALR, Dr. Holzer served as an artist-in-residence for four seasons with the North Carolina Visiting Artist Program. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Corinne Frada Pick Piano Award at Northwestern University, 1st Prize in the Farwell Music Competition of Chicago, an “Emerging Artist” grant from the Raleigh Arts Commission, a UALR Faculty Scholarship Award and 2017 Faculty Excellence in Teaching for the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences at UA Little Rock.

An active soloist and chamber musician, her credits include appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Noon Time Concert Series at St. Patrick’s Church in San Francisco, Florida’s Biennial Festival of New Music, New York Public Radio station WNYC-FM, and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Dr. Holzer was the featured Artist/Educator in an interview on the web site, Piano Education Page, and has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras in Illinois and North Carolina. She has performed in 30 states, as well as abroad in Europe (Bratislava, Vienna, Maribor), Australia (Melbourne), Canada (Vancouver, BC), and Asia (Hong Kong, and Qingdao, China).

Listen: Schubert – Sonatine in G minor for Piano & Violin, IV. Allegro moderato 3:55