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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Troika, the newest album from Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O'Riley, explores music of the Slavic soul. The cello and piano duo performs works of Russian composers Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich as well as more recently written, popular works. You can listen to an interview with the musicians during Thursday's edition of Of Note with Katy Henriksen.

Bruce Schultz, the principal horn player for the Symphony of Northest Arkansas, will have a chance to shine the spotlight on his instrument at SoNA's next performance. 

"If it's Wagner or Strauss, it can be very aggressive. If it's Debussy, Ravel, it can be more transparent," says Bruce Schultz, describing the color his instrument brings to symphonic music. "If it's Mozart, then it's very direct."

Although firmly cemented in the contemporary classical scene via a wide array of collaborative efforts in the past decade that include performing in Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble and as a founding member of Brooklyn Rider, whose versatile interpretations re-imagine the string quartet's parameters, violinist Johnny Gandelsman hadn't had the chance to really focus inward on any solo efforts, until now. 

Katy Henriksen, host of 91.3's Of Note, gives us a preview of the upcoming week's shows. She'll play two grand symphonies Sunday, talk with food writer Crescent Dragownwagon Monday, and play great music all week long. You can hear Of Note with Katy Henriksen every Sunday through Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on 91.3 and every Sunday through Thursday morning at 9:00 on KUAF 2.

Katy Henriksen, host of Of Note every Sunday through Thursday night at 8 on KUAF, sits down to give us some of her top music picks for 2017.