Katy Henriksen

KUAF host of "Of Note", Arts Director and contributor of "Ozarks at Large"

Katy Henriksen is a Fayetteville native who grew up in a musical household. She began violin lessons at age six and later added voice, viola and piano to her musical studies. She was briefly a music major at the University of Arkansas before switching over to print journalism (B.A. '00, M.A. '03) and she's been covering arts and culture ever since, both here in Northwest Arkansas and in New York City, where she lived from 2004 to 2008. 

She's covered arts and culture for the Brooklyn Rail, New Pages, Oxford American, Paste, the Poetry Project Newsletter, Publishers Weekly, Venus Zine, Wondering Sound and others. You may have seen her documentary Rare Edition, about the Dickson Street Bookshop, on AETN. Her favorite violin concerto is Mendelssohn's Concerto in E minor. In addition to joining KUAF as the classical music and arts producer, she's the music editor for The Rumpus, an online cultural magazine based in San Francisco.

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Tonight's Artosphere Festival Orchestra concert includes a North American debut performance along with Beethoven's 3rd and his "Creatures of Prometheus" Overture. Daniel Schnyder's riveting "Impetus," a concerto for string quartet and orchestra will bring the Dover Quartet front and center in this electrifying piece.

I absolutely love hosting a live broadcast of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra performing from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This year's live broadcast takes place 8 to 10 p.m. this Friday, May 27.

Pop-up concerts by Artosphere Festival Orchestra (AFO) musicians have become an integral part of their time in Northwest Arkansas. 

"It's great to bring these smaller versions of our stage to people who maybe haven't experienced that," explains cellist Paul Miahky. Tonight they overtake downtown Bentonville for the "AFO Food & Music Night" beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Bentonville Square.

"We're attempting an exchange of sound and image," says Nels Cline when describing his project Stained Radiance, a live collaborative exchange with visual artist Nelson Wisdom.

Cline, named by Rolling Stone as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time and most known as a member of Wilco, met Wisdom when the two were both active in the Los Angeles arts scene in the early '80s.

The musicians of Artosphere Festival Orchestra stay quite busy in their short stint in the Arkansas Ozarks and that includes taking classical music outside the concert hall.

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