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
3:32 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Of Note for Friday, May 22, 2015: Minimalism Takes Center Stage

The Fuse New Music series concludes at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Friday night with a spotlight on minimalist masterpieces from Philip Glass, Terry Riley, and Steve Reich. Organizers Er-Gene Kahng and Ryan Cockerham elaborate in today's program and even perform a bit of Reich's "Clapping Music" in Friday's program.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
11:51 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Of Note for Thursday, May 21, 2015: KUAF Fulbright Chamber Concerts Kick Off

The KUAF Fulbright Chamber Music Festival kicks off tonight at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts building of the UA campus in Fayetteville. Cellist Stephen Gates and violinist Er-Gene Kahng stop by to discuss the ever-popular Schubert "Trout" Quintet, which they perform in the first concert.

Listen to the interview here:

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-KUAF Music and Culture
10:40 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Of Note for Wednesday, May 20, 2015: Musical Haiku

Paul Chihara's Twice Seven Haiku for Piano, a set of bagatelles composed for pianist Jerome Lowenthal, most notably quote Japanese folksongs, but there's also allusion to gypsy, hip-hop, baroque and Viaennese waltzes, in these fun pieces. Catch the entirety on Wednesday's program performed by Lowenthal.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
9:55 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Of Note for Tuesday, May 19: Liszt's Gypsy Flair

It's no secret that Franz Liszt was obsessed with the music of the gypsies and his Hungarian Rhapsodies are examples of this. However, according to conductor Ivan Fischer the notations given could not convey the improvisational style Liszt was going for when he composed the pieces. Fischer combined the orchestral scores with improvised gypsy arrangements, including the use of cimbalom, to bring back the original gypsy flair that he says Liszt was aiming for. Hear some of these from the Budapest Festival Orchestra as the highlight for Tuesday's program.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
10:27 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Of Note for Monday, May 18, 2015: Schumann's Ode to Chopin

Dedicated to Frederic Chopin, Schumann's "Kreisleriana" recieves a new recording from Georgian pianist Alexander Beridze. Catch it on Monday's program.

KUAF Sunday Symphony
3:51 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

KUAF Sunday Symphony for May 17, 2015: Arvo Pärt's Tribute to the City of Angels

Cesare Beccaria is quoted in the liner notes to Arvo Pärt's four symphony which is dedicated to Los Angeles. He says " ... grace and pardon are all the more necessary as the laws are absurd and the sentences are cruel ..."

Written in 2008, Pärt's tribute to the city of angels is the highlighted symphony in this Sunday's KUAF Sunday Symphony, which airs at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon on KUAF-2 and 7:30 p.m. on KUAF 91.3 FM.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
3:53 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Of Note for Friday, May 15, 2015: Fort Smith Symphony's Season Finale Ends in Fire

The Fort Smith Symphony concludes its season with a fiery finale including Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Beethoven's 5th  and guest violinist Bojidara Kouzmanova. Tune in to Friday's program for a conversation with the symphony's Music Director John Jeter. 

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-KUAF Music and Culture
10:22 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Of Note for Thursday, May 14, 2015: Early Schubert Published Posthumously

Franz Schubert is rumored to have penned  his expansive 15th string quartet in merely 10 days in June of 1826 - chronologically between his "Death and the Maiden" and the famed C major quintet. The result was only published posthumously, hence the op. 161. Hear the entirety performed by the Tokyo String Quartet on Thursday's program.

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Of Note with Katy Henriksen
11:02 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Of Note for Wednesday, May 13, 2015: William Lawes' Early Music Originality

William Lawes (1602-1645) wrote 11 consorts for harp, bass viol, violin and theorbo with striking individuality out of no precedent. As the liner notes to the Les Voix Humaine recording of these consorts explain "It is the specificity of the instrumentation and the inventive and idiomatic writing for each, combined with Lawes' intensely personal, expressive and quirky musical language that make the collection a unique treasure." Catch a couple of these treasures as performed by Les Voix Humaine on Wednesday's program.

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Of Note with Katy Henriksen
4:04 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Of Note for Tuesday, May 12, 2015: A 'Mexican Adagio for Strings'

Composer Carlos Chavez, who was born in Mexico City in 1899, wrote three string quartets. The slow movement of his 3rd has become known as a "Mexican Adagio for Strings." Catch the entirety of the piece on Tuesday's program as highlighted on the recording Southwest Chamber Music Carlos Chavez: Complete Chamber Music Vol. 4.

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