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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 I'm really excited to bring you not only David Crumb's "Red Desert Triptych," but also a sonata for flute and piano from Martinu, a viola concerto from William Walton, a Corelli Concerto Grosso and music from Hildegard Von Bingen and Alexandre Desplat. Catch it all coming up from 8 to 10 p.m. on KUAF or stream it in its entirety on demand until July 31.

Trillium Salon Series takes classical music outside the concert hall into intimate venues, this time the KUAF studio itself as we present percussionist Aaron Ragsdale this Friday, July 22 from 7-9 p.m.  In addition to elaborating on why he chose the path of percussion he elaborates on why the instrument family is so well suited for taking classical music into the 21st century.

The Axiom Brass Quintet is in residence with the University of Arkansas Music camp this summer. In addition to championing music education, they also champion 21st century classical. Dorival Puccini and Kris Hammond, of Axiom Brass, stop in to the KUAF studio to tell me more. Listen to their entire interview here and catch their free concert Monday night.

A new model for music festivals will launch with the bluegrass-centered Homegrown Music Festival this month, a 'homegrown' effort from festival organizers Jessica Sumner and Hannah Withers. 

Now in its 66th season, Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs offers a rare intimate glimpse at fully staged works such as Mozart's Don Giovanni and Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, all performed by tomorrow's stars. As the company explains, this is where "the students are the stars." I talked to Artistic Director Thomas Cockrell about this year's productions and what makes this program so special.

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