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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9:42 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Of Note for Thursday, July 2, 2015: String Resonance with Boccherini

Much of the subtle grace of Luigi Boccherini's music was lost when stringed instruments were modernized in the early 19th century. Experience the grace and elegance of the gut strings and 18th-century bows that bring Boccherini's string quintets to life on Thursday's program.

-KUAF Music and Culture
9:57 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Of Note for Wednesday, July 1, 2015: Tomasi's Trumpet Concerto

Trumpeter Paul Merkelo shines the spotlight on French works in his newest release with the Symphony Orchestra of Montreal, including Henri Tomasi's, which is described as "written during a time of Tomasi's great disillusionment with war." Tune in for this new recording and more on Wednesday's program.

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9:46 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Of Note for Tuesday, June 30, 2015: Bela Fleck's Banjo Chamber Music

Banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck first tried his hand at classical composition in 2010 when commissioned by the Nashville Symphony to write a concerto. When it came time to put together a recording of the concerto, which clocked in at 36 minutes, he needed to pair it with another piece. 

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10:46 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Of Note for Monday, June 29, 2015: Samuel Barber's Distinctly American Lyricism

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) created a distinctly American lyricism. Although his violin concerto is one of his most popular works, the composer himself didn't care for it because he felt it didn't fit together as one work. Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, who performs the piece in her release American Masters, explains: "This is because he wrote the work as a commision for a young violinist, and the violinist and his sponsor complained it was too easy," with not enough virtuoso material.

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1:45 pm
Sat June 27, 2015

KUAF Sunday Symphony for June 28, 2015: Khachaturian's Bells

Aram Khachaturian's forceful 2nd symphony known as 'The Bell' began soon after Nazi invasion of Russia in 1940 and was first performed in 1943. Hear it in its entirety on this weekend's program along with Korngold's symphony and Alla Pavlova's 3rd symphony.

-KUAF Music and Culture
10:12 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Of Note for Friday June 26, 2015: Formative Beethoven Piano

An early piano concerto from Beethoven and his Fifth Symphony close out Artosphere Festival Orchestra of 2015 when they present Bold Spirit: The Best of Beethoven at the Walton Arts Center this Saturday, June 27, at 8 p.m., featuring guest pianist Pietro De Maria. Hear Maurizio Pollini and the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado perform the piano concerto on Friday's program.

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10:20 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Of Note for Thursday, June 25, 2015: Beethoven's Bang

The Artosphere Festival Orchestra closes 2015 with an all-Beethoven concert Saturday, June 27, at the Walton Arts Center. In addition to his piano concerto, op. 15 they'll play Beethoven's fifth symphony. Hear a historic recording of this masterpiece from the Cleveland Orchestra led by George Szell on Thursday's program.

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9:57 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Of Note for Wednesday, June 24, 2015: Verdi's Intimacies

Verdi's string quartet is his sole chamber work, which he wrote while waiting for the Naples premiere of Aida. In his own words Verdi says he penned the gem in his "leisure moments."

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3:47 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Of Note for Tuesday June 23, 2015: Gershwin's Luxurious Rhapsody Played By Four Hands on One Piano

We all know and love George Gerswhin's luxurious "Rhapsody in Blue" for solo piano and orchestra, a piece penned in only a few weeks and so massively popular that many arrangements were made, including Henry Levine's rendering for four hands on one piano. Catch this arrangement from the Shelest Piano Due on Tuesday's program.

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10:59 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Of Note for Monday, June 22, 2015: Bartok's Solo Violin

Bela Bartok's late work "Sonata for Solo Violin" certainly nods to Bach. Jennifer Koh's paired the piece with Bach's Sonata No. 1 in G minor on her latest release "Bach & Beyond Part 2." Hear the Bartok on Monday's program.

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