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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-KUAF Music and Culture
9:58 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Of Note for Tuesday, July 28, 2015: Bach Intimacies

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili decided to focus on the personal side of Bach when she made her first recording devoted to the master. She pairs J. S. Bach with his son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and plays with musicians she's incredibly tight with. Catch these intimacies on Tuesday's program.

-KUAF Music and Culture
9:35 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Of Note for Friday, July 24, 2015: Fort Smith Symphony's New Season of Contrasts

The Fort Smith Symphony recently announced its 2015-16 concert season, which Music Director John Jeter is incredibly excited about for its diversity.

"Our theme for the year is called ‘Contrast,’ meaning contrasting works and contrasting programs," he explains about the just announced season. "What makes the season so special is that that diversity, among other things, will have four world premieres of newly commissioned pieces, which is really exciting.”

Catch the entire conversation with John Jeter on Friday's program.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
5:58 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Of Note for Thursday, July 16, 2015: Gabriela Montero's Rachmaninov

In her latest release for Orchid Classics Venezuelan ex-pat Gabriela Montero pairs an original composition with an exquisite new rendering of Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto. Catch the entirety of her recording of Rach II with the Yoa Orchestra of the Americas on Thursday's program.

-KUAF Music and Culture
9:59 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Of Note for Wednesday, July 15, 2015: Piano Trios from Smetena and Poulenc

I've paired two splendid piano trios for Wednesday's program, Smetena's Piano Trio in G minor, op. 15, and Poulenc's trio for piano, oboe and bassoon. Join in at 11 a.m. on KUAF 91.3 FM or 6 p.m. on KUAF-2, our all classical digital signal receivable via HD radio or via our webstream at kuaf.com.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
9:55 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Of Note for Tuesday, July 14, 2015: Enescu's Symphonic Polyphony

Conductor Hannu Lintu leads the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Enescu's Symphony No. 3, which is described by Jim Samson as having "remarkable orchestral polyphony," adding that perhaps polyphony isn't exactly right, with Romanian musicologists describing his "complex, multi-layered textures as 'heterophonic." Listen and make your own call on exactly how to describe these fascinating textures when the entirety plays on Tuesday's program.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
4:21 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Artosphere Strings Transfigure the Night at Crystal Bridges Great Hall

Artosphere Festival Orchestra's performance from the Great Hall of Crystal Bridges in June was a little different in this year. Rather than "Mozart in the Museum," as in the previous two years, Music Director Corrado Rovaris pared down to all strings for a concert featuring Verdi and Schoenberg.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
10:00 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Of Note for Monday, July 13, 2015: Bach's First Solo Violin Work

Violinist Jennifer Koh continues her "Bach and Beyond" project, which she explains "presnets the works of Bach that I have long loved, in communion with the music of contemporary composers whom I am dedicated to championing" in hopes to strengthen connections between the past and the present. The first piece on the new recording is Bach's Sonata No. 1 in G minor, the very first work he composed for solo violin. Hear Jennifer Koh's rendering on Monday's program.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
11:47 am
Sun July 12, 2015

KUAF Sunday Symphony for July 12, 2015: Mahler's 'Ferocious & Nightmarish Fantasies'

 Tim Page writes in the liner notes to Mahler's 2nd symphony recorded by the New York Philharmonic under Bernstein, that Mahler's 2nd "provides a persuasive and representative summary... with its colorful orchestration, elaborate ambition, confessional qualities, extreme subjectivity and, finally, that unmistakably Mahlerian mixture of the nostalgic and passionate set cheek-by-jowl with ferocious and nightmarish fantasias."

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-KUAF Music and Culture
11:11 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Of Note for Wednesday, July 8, 2015: Finnish Dance Caricatures

Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen is perhaps the best known composer of his country after Sibelius. His Chamber Music III, for cello and strings, plays with dance themes to the point of caricature. Catch the fascinating piece on Wednesday's program.

-Ozarks at Large Stories
7:26 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Storybook Strings Salute Frozen

The musical ensemble Storybook Strings will be at the Bentonville Public Library Saturday to celebrate their first CD, First Edition.  Last summer they played for KUAF's Of Note and gave Katy Henriksen a different take on a very familiar song.

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