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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Today, we continue our year-end list of favorites. We hear Antoinette Grajeda's favorite story of the year, which involved the creation, and destruction, of a mandala in Fayetteville, and KUAF's Katy Henriksen gives us a list of some of her favorite music of 2016. And, we hear about the continued troubles some same-sex couples in Arkansas are experiencing in getting both parents' names listed on their children's birth certificates.

We asked the host of Of Note, Katy Henriksen, to pick some (emphasis on some) of her favorite music of 2016. Her (some, remember) list includes:

  • Mahan Esfahani, Goldberg Variations
  • Cameron Carpenter, All You Need is Bach
  • Chiara String Quartet, Bartok by Heart
  • Angel Olson, My Woman
  • Weyes Blood, Front Row Seat to Earth
  • Olafur Arnalds, Island Songs
  • The Weekned, Starboy (song)
  • Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Real Enemies
  • Angele Dubeau & La Pieta, Silence on Joue, Take 2.

Ring in the holiday season in this weekend's "Christmas with the Arkansas Philharmonic," featuring not one, but two choirs plus the symphony's very own youth orchestra. Learn more about Saturday's concert in my interview with Music Director Steven Byess.

"His music gets closer to my heart," explains pianist Helena Aung of Chopin's music, whose work is what she played at her first recital when she was six. "When I was younger I felt like the only way to express myself was through music," she explains. In playing piano she found a refuge.

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