Grammy-winning violinist, cross-genre composer and music educator Mark O'Connor wants to rethink our approach to strings. Katy Henriksen spoke to O'Connor prior to his "Appalachian Christmas" concert appearance in Fayetteville December 13 at the Walton Arts Center.

The Ozarks Chorale has a goal to bring 1,000 voices singing the Hallelujah Chorus for the finale of their Christmas Concert December 14. Artistic Director Beth Withey elaborates on the plan and explains exactly why bringing so many voices together is such a magical experience. 

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Quartet San Francisco founder and violinist Jeremy Cohen discusses the new album, "Pacific Premieres," and about what its like to work as an artist who doesn't fit easily defined roles. The album features a new string quartet from Gordon Goodwin who says he was well into his composing career before he "got the courage to dip into string quartet writing." In the liner notes he says "There is nowhere to hide in this genere, not for the composer or the musicians." Cohen elaborates on the form of string quartet writing as a scary format.  

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas music director elaborates on the first concert of the season, featuring Schubert, Beethoven and Barber.

German pianist and composer Ratko Delorko stops by to discuss his MIDI sonata and more prior to his performance for the UA music department.

Grace, passion and precision run throughout Helene Grimaud’s new recording of Brahms’ two piano concertos for Deutsche Grammophon.

Although Grimaud immediately embraced Brahms’ 1st (op. 15), as “intimate,” discovering it as a child and first recording the concerto in 1997, she reluctantly approached the 2nd out of duty in 2007. Then, in 2011 the piece came “knocking on the door from the inside,” as she explained, when her true connection was made.

The UA music department's brass quintet Boston Mountain Brassworks has not just one, but two new members this season. Hear about the ensembles two new players from members Cory Mixdorf, trombone, and Timothy Thompson, horn, as well as why it's so much fun to play in a brass quintet - hint, they get to let it all out. Boston Mountain Brassworks perform in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall on the UA campus in Fayetteville Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. It's a free concert open to the public. 

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The 90th anniversary season of the Fort Smith Symphony continues with a performance with the Canadian Brass. Music Director John Jeter looks back on his very first season and ahead to the next in this conversation with Katy Henriksen.

Violinist Michelle Makarski collaborated with jazz giant Keith Jarrett in a new recording of Bach sonatas for violin and piano. When she spoke with Katy Henriksen she elaborated on her comparison to time-lapse photography for the endeavor.

The NYC-based Cassatt Quartet is pairing a brand new composition by Bruce Adolphe along with Shostakovich's introspective Eighth Quartet in a concert at the Great Hall of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Friday, Oct. 4.


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The ACLU of Arkansas is investigating claims that an organization in Oklahoma known as Christian Alcoholics and Addicts In Recover (CAAIR) "is operating forced labor camps disguised as rehabilitation centers", according to a press release.

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In a four-day nationwide aimed at sex trafficking, the Federal Bureau of Investigations says it had rescued 84 minors, and arrested 120 people.

The 11th annual Operation Cross Country was coordinated by the FBI Omaha Child Exploitation Task Force and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and involved 55 FBI field offices, 78 state and local task forces and several international partners, according to an FBI statement.

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