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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The UA music department's Arkansas New Music Ensemble will 'test drive' the new Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center when they perform their first concert in the state of the art hall this Friday night. "One of the pieces is called ‘Test Drive,’ and I've used that as a metaphor for the entire concert,” explains Jamal Duncan, UA music professor and ensemble conductor, when he stops in with members of the group and a sound engineer for the hall, to discuss the concert with Of Note's Katy Henriksen.

Although he didn't begin studies in the United States until 2001, Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo is now in high demand for choral and other compositions and, as he tells Of Note's Katy Henriksen, he's always known that a composer is what he wanted to be. He visits the University of Arkansas this week for a residency with the music department. Find out more about the residency, learn about Gjeilo's style in the words of Choral Director Stephen Caldwell, and much more in this exclusive interview.

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) kicks off its 2015-16 season with Dvorak's "New World" Symphony, Brahms's "Variations on a Theme by Haydn" and a haunting Elegie for cello by Faure. Find out from Haas why he chose to feature principal cellist Kari Caldwell and more about the opening concert as he chats with Of Note's Katy Henriksen.

Violinist Itamar Zorman's recent release Portrait culminates from a live performance in Frankfurt and combines his love of Schubert and Brahms with 20th-century works from titans Hindemith and Messiaen.“I believe very strongly in the repertoire of the 20th century and what it has to say to people,” he tells Of Note's Katy Henriksen. Find out more about how this compelling project came together in this interview with the artist.

The Fort Smith Symphony performs a night of Disney for their upcoming concert and, as Music Director John Jeter explains, the animation giant did a lot to popularize classical music. Find out more as Of Note's Katy Henriksen speaks with Jeter prior to the October 24 concert.