Violinist and music professor for the University of Arkansas Er-Gene Khang discusses the allure of Mendelssohn's lesser known violin concert in D minor, which he wrote as a teen. Khang performs the concerto with the Fort Smith Symphony Saturday night as part of their Evening Serenade program.

Music Director John Jeter of the Fort Smith Symphony discusses Handel's Water Music, Brahms 1st Serenade, and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in D minor, which consist of this Saturday's Evening Serenade concert Saturday evening at the Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center in Fort Smith.

Two California entrepreneurs seek to revive Wonderland Cave, a popular local nightclub first constructed in the early 1930s in a massive underground cave complex deep beneath a mountain ridge in Benton County. For more information, visit TheWonderlandCave.com.

Arkansas Philharmonic conductor Steven Byess stops by the studio to discuss this Sunday's "Christmas with the APO" featuring soloists Steve Amerson and Laurie Gayle Stephenson, plus the McNair Middle School Glee Club.

'Performance Today' at 20: A Look Back

Dec 12, 2012

For 20 years Performance Today has brought listeners to concert halls around the world to hear classical music. Vital performances in the present tense, played by the super-stars of our time and exciting young musicians just starting their careers.

Twenty years of programs, two hours a day, every day. That's a lot of notes--around 45-thousand performances, recorded in places as remote as alpine ski villages in South Korea, to the great cathedrals of music in Paris, to chamber music festivals in the hills of New Mexico, to NPR's own Studio 4-A.

Former Tuberculosis Site Has New Life

Nov 19, 2012
Christina Karnatz

Patients at the Booneville Human Development Center have an important job to do. They make rugs as part of the center's Rugs Project, which brought in more than $8,000 through craft fair sales just last month.

In Madison County there’s a place called “Negro Mountain.” No blacks live there now, but it was, in the 1860s, settled by Ozark African Americans. All of them and their descendants are gone now—except for one individual. We take you to meet the last living African American resident of Madison County

UA music professor Jim Greeson recently released a documentary on Arkansas-born avant garde classical composer Conlon Nancarrow. Greeson discusses Nancarrow's influences, including Henry Cowell, J.S. Bach, and Stravinsky with host Katy Henriksen. They also discuss the philosophy of rhythm as harmony and the importance of counterpoint to Cowell's player piano compositions. For more of the discussion between Greeson and Henriksen, visit this "Ozarks at Large" archive.

The Fort Smith Symphony begins its new season with a performance of Gustav Holst's "The Planets." Of Note's Katy Henriksen discusses the program with Fort Smith Symphony music director John Jeter.

The String Coalition, a strings education cooperative from the Arkansas Philharmonic and the University of Arkansas Community School, added new faculty, including bassist Michael Montgomery. Montgomery along with instructor Holly Smardo discuss the coalition and the importance of music education with host Katy Henriksen.

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