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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Of Note with Katy Henriksen
9:12 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Of Note for Thursday, October 23: Competition, Composition, and Creating a Masterpiece

When writing his widely praised second symphony, Schumann faced an enormous problem: how does a composer outshine the brilliance of Beethoven or the graceful genius of Mozart? While suffering from a debilitating illness, Schumann channeled his suffering and resolved to finish this work, creating an ominous portrait of the struggle he faced over his physical ailments and the question of efficacy that lingered in his thoughts. 

Listen to a recording of this work by The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields on Thursday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen​.

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Of Note with Katy Henriksen
10:03 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Of Note for Tuesday, October 21: A New Take on an Old Tradition

The Brooklyn Rider Almanac spans centuries of musical history and was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. While looking to outside forces for influence in their playing, the group says "Inspiration has been the very lifeblood of our tradition since the days of Mozart." The new project features diverse composers writing new string quartet pieces for this innovative string quartet.  

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Of Note with Katy Henriksen
11:03 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Of Note for Monday, October 20: An American Master

In her new release The American Masters, Anne Akiko Meyers performs the melodic Barber Violin Concerto. While Barber's concerto is widely praised, dislike from the original performer nearly derailed Barber from completing the piece. Fortunately it remains a lasting piece of the violin repetiore, and one of Meyers "signature works."

Listen to it on Monday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen

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Of Note with Katy Henriksen
3:56 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Of Note for Thursday, October 16: Russian Looney Tunes

In the early days of animation, Russian cartoonist Mikhail Tsekhanovsky commissioned young composer Dmitri Shostakovich to write a score for his new cartoon The Tale of the Priest and His Worker, Balda​. While much of the film was burned during World War II, Shostakovich's score lives on and tells the humorous tale of a foolish priest and his naive young worker.  

Listen to it on Thursday's Of Note with Katy Henrisksen​.

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Of Note with Katy Henriksen
4:05 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Of Note for Wednesday, October 15: A Passionate Solo

American cellist Alisa Weilerstein shows a passionate command of her instrument in her latest release Solo.  Included in the Oct. 27 release from Decca is Zoltan Kodaly's Sonata, op. 8, a challenging piece that proves exceptionally rewarding in the command of Weilerstein.

Catch this splendid sonata and more on Wednesday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen.

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Of Note with Katy Henriksen
3:44 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Of Note for Tuesday, October 14: Bombastic Polyphony

The UA Schola Cantorum kicks of its season with an exploration of Venetian polyphony with four distinct settings of "Gloria" Tuesday night.

Learn more about the golden age of Venetian choral music in Wednesday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen, which includes a conversation with Schola Cantorum director Stephen Caldwell.

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Of Note with Katy Henriksen
10:44 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Of Note for Monday, Oct. 13: A More Personal Myaskovsky

Russian composer Nikolai Myaskovsky shows a more personal side in his violin concerto composed between March and June of 1938. Tune in to Monday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen to hear a performance from Vadim Repin, violin, and the Kirov Orchestra led by Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

Of Note with Katy Henriksen
8:37 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Of Note for Friday, October 10: UA Faculty Recital to Feature Bassoonist Lia Uribe

While rarely featured as a solo instrument, the bassoon is known for its rich and mellow sound and is often a frequent soloist in many symphonic works. Lia Uribe stopped by the studio to discuss her upcoming concert this Sunday at 3:00pm in the Stella Boyle Auditorium. 

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Of Note with Katy Henriksen
4:50 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Of Note for Thursday, October 8: Diverse Duo Plays Ravel

In their new release, German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott joins pianist and DJ Francesco Tristano to present works from a wide range of musical styles. Focusing on modern works, the duo tackles an ambitious arrangement of Ravel's La Valse​ along with works by Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. 

Listen to it on Thursday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen​.

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Of Note with Katy Henriksen
4:44 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Of Note for Wednesday, October 8: UA Symphony Opens Season

The UA Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season tonight by performing Elgar's "Enigma" Variations and Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun." Find out more in my interview with conductor Robert Mueller on Wednesday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen.

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