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The final KUAF Fulbright Summer Chamber Music Festival concert June 20 will feature fast flute composed by Lowell Liebermann, Shotsakovich's Piano Trio in E minor, plus songs from Shostakovich and Amy Beach. Festival organizer Stephen Gates stopped in to discuss the season closer along with flutist Ronda Mains.

The KUAF Fulbright Chamber Music Festival continues this week with piano trios from Beethoven and Brahms, plus a tiny impromptu for flute and oboe by Thea Musgrave. Ensemble members Stephen Gates, cello, and Ronda Mains, flute, stop by to talk about this week's program and explain how chamber musicians stick together without the help of a conductor.

The KUAF Fulbright Chamber Music Festival continues Thursday with a sextet from Brahms and Schönberg's "Verklerte Nacht." Two members of the ensemble--Little Rock musicians David Gertstein, cello, and Geoffrey Robson, violin--stop by the studio to discuss the program.

The KUAF Fulbright Chamber Music Festival continues tonight with Debussy's lush string quartet and a divertimento for string trio from Mozart. Stephen Gates, festival organizer and cellist, and Er-Gene Kahng, violinist, stop by to discuss the night's repertoire and explore the divertimento form.

The second KUAF Fulbright Summer Chamber Music Festival concert of the season features the viola, which Stephen Gates describes as the heavy cream of stringed instruments. Gates, cellist and festival organizer discusses the Mozart quintet the ensemble will perform tomorrow night, as well as all things viola.

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas concludes its second season with a John Williams Tribute concert this weekend. Music Director Paul Haas stops by to explain why Williams is "the Wagner for the modern era" and what's to come next season.

Many folks might not know that Samuel Barber's famed Adagio for Strings was taken from his String Quartet, op. 11. That work, plus Dvorak's "American" quartet and Ginastera's "Impresiones de la Puna" are on the program to kick of the first concert of the KUAF Fulbright Summer Chamber Music Festival. Stephen Gates, festival organizer and cellist, stops by to discuss the program, which takes place 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Great Hall in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. 

The Fort Smith Symphony's concert this weekend explores the "Musical Magic of John Williams." John Jeter, music director of the symphony, stops by KUAF to discuss all things John Williams.

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