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
12:08 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Of Note for Friday, February 27: Celebrating Armenian Composers

Born in Beirut to Armenian parents, guest pianist Annie Balabanian presents an all-Armenian composer recital Friday at Giffels Auditorium in Old Main beginning at 8 p.m as part of a partnership between the UA Music Department and the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies. Balabanian stopped by the studio to discuss the inspiration for such a recital.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
4:02 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Of Note for Thursday, February 25: Samuel Barber's American Elegance

    American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers celebrates American composers in her latest release American Masters, which includes an exquisite rendering of Samuel Barber's violin concerto composed in 1939. Catch this American elegance on Thursday's program.

-KUAF Music and Culture
4:06 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Of Note for Wednesday, February 24: New Voces8 Lets the Light In

The new release from vocal ensemble Voces8 takes on light. Titled "Lux" the tracks, ranging from Thomas Tallis to Ben Folds, bring radience, hope and comfort. Catch new music from Voces8 on Thursday's program from 11-noon Central on KUAF and 6-7 p.m. on KUAF-2.

-KUAF Music and Culture
11:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Of Note for Monday, February 23: Beethoven Period

 "These were the kinds of tools for which Beethoven conceived his scores -- the raw, intimate and human sounds in his mind as he navigated the turmoil of extremes in these new works," writes Matt Haimovitz regarding approaching Beethoven on period instruments that were used when Beethoven was in the midst of composing his genius. Hear Matt Haimovitz, violoncello, and Christopher O'Riley, fortepiano, perform Beethoven's Sonata in G minor, op. 5, no. 2 from their new release Beethoven, Period. on Monday's program.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
12:59 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Of Note for Friday, February 20: Eternal Bohemian Longing

Bohemian composer Vitezslav Novak paid tribute to Dvorak, a teacher of his in Prague, in his symphonic work "Eternal Longing," although the title was inspired from the Hans Christian Andersen's Picture Book without Pictures. Catch this fascinating piece on Friday's program from 11-noon on KUAF as well as 6 p.m. on KUAF-2.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
10:19 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Of Note for Wednesday, February 18: Bernstein's Inspiration from Plato

Leonard Bernstein wrote his Serenade after Plato's "Symposium" in 1954. Although there is no literap program for the serenade the movements correspond with elements from the philosopher's work.  Hear the fascinating piece featuring violinist Zina Francescatti on Wednesday's program.

-KUAF Music and Culture
12:26 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Of Note for Tuesday, February 17: Searing Virtuosity from Valentina Lisitsa

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa's latest release features an emotionally searing and virtuosic rendering of Robert Schumann's "Symphonic Etudes." Hear it in its entirety on Tuesday's program.

-KUAF Music and Culture
10:41 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Of Note for Monday, February 16: An Extravagant Violin Concert with Hebrew Themes

Hear Ernest Bloch's extravagant violin concerto no. 1 from Miriam Kramer, violin, and Simon Over, piano, on Monday's program. 

-KUAF Music and Culture
12:56 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Of Note for Friday, February 13: Mendelssohn Sparks a Classical Music Career

 Arkansas Philharmonic conductor Steven Byess first fell in love with classical music when he put Mendelssohn's violin concerto in E minor on a turntable as a college student. He'll be conducting the concerto that sparked the passion that would lead to his career in this weekend's Valentine's Day concert with guest violinist Alexander Markov. Find out more in Friday's program.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
10:56 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Of Note for Friday, February 6: Riveting Mendelssohn

 Violin virtuoso of the 19th century Joseph Joachim said "The Germans have four violin concertos. The greatest, the most uncompromising, is Beethoven's. The one by Brahms vies with it in seriousness. The richest, the most seductive, was written by Max Bruch. But the most inward, the heart's jewel, is Mendelssohn's." Hear Mendelssohn's violin concerto in E minor performed by Nicola Benedetti and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields on today's program.

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