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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4:12 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Fort Smith Symphony Does Nat King Cole

The Fort Smith Symphony's concert Saturday, April 18, explores the songs of Nat King Cole with guest vocalist Denal Sinclaire. Find out more in Katy Henriksen's conversation with conductor John Jeter.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
4:38 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Of Note for Friday, April 10: Community via Music with the Arkansas Philharmonic

 The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra presents "Northern Lights" Saturday, April 11, with music including Grieg's famed piano concerto. Conductor Steven Byess elaborates on engaging with the community via this concert, which also involves the winner of the APO-UA concerto competition winner and a new venue -- the Berry Performing Arts Center in Siloam Springs, as well as what makes Grieg's piano concerto so special in today's program.

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10:54 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Of Note for Friday, April 3: Beethoven's Heroism through Middle Quartets

 The Cypress String Quartet explores the middle quartets of Beethoven in their latest recording. "During the tumultous early years of the 19th century, Beethoven created a distinctive musical voice characterised by urgent exhortation, lofty artistic intent and massiveness of scope ..." state the liner notes regarding Beethoven's three 'Razumovsky' quartets, op. 59. Find out in the quartet's own words how Beethoven was able to accomplish such a feat and listen to 'Razumovsky' No. 1 in F from the Cypress' new recording in Friday's program.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
9:42 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Of Note for Thursday, April 2: Reimagining Chopin

  The Icelandic pop/classical musician Olafur Arnalds reinvents the Chopin sound in his new project with pianist Alice Sara Ott. Frustrated with the pristine characteristics of Chopin recordings Arnalds uses the room and microphones--much as the way other genres of music such as rock, country and blues have--as part of the actual interpretation. Hear music from The Chopin Project on Thursday's program.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
3:55 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Of Note for Wednesday, April 1: Vivaldi's Spring Reimagined

The redbuds are in bloom. Daffodils are everywhere. Spring has officially reached the Arkansas Ozarks. In celebration of the season I pair Anne Akiko Meyers's recording of Vivaldi's "Spring" alongside Daniel Hope's release of Max Richter's Vivaldi Recomposed "Spring." That's all coming up on Wednesday's program.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
10:55 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Of Note for Monday, March 30: Cosi fan Flauti

Robert Stallman's new release, titled Cosi fan Flauti: Mozart for Flute and Orchestra, explores the ever amorous instrument via the lens of Mozart and includes a debut recording of his Sinfonia Concertante in D majr, k. 448 for two flutes and orchestra. Catch the piece on Monday's program.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
1:11 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Of Note for Thursday, March 26: Death of Narrative

UA Music professor Er-Gene Kahng and composer Ryan Cockerham explore the universe of non-narrative film and music with the music of Alvin Lucier and short films of Stan Brakhage in their first event for the Fuse New Music series.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
10:54 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Of Note for Tuesday, March 24: Shcendrin's Concerto Cantabile

Rodion Shchedrin's description of cantabile is "to express firstly a certain tension in the 'soul' of the notes, and also the manner in which they are produced. The term also refers to the juxtaposition, interweaving, conflict and resolution of the soloist's singing lines against the orchestra." Hear the fascinating work performed by Maxim Vengerov, violin, and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich on Tuesday's program.

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4:06 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Of Note for Thursday, March 19: Beethoven's Hurricane

Pianist Jonathan Biss continues exploration of Beethoven piano sonatas in his new release. He describes the "Appassionata" sonata as a hurricane and elaborates by saying "it is a one-ff, an unrepeatable force of nature, which probably shouldn't be repeated even if it could be, so overwhelming is its power." Hear Biss's rendering in its entirety on Thursday's program.

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3:46 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Of Note for Wednesday, March 18: A Violin Concerto Inspired by Dinosaurs

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers beleives Mason Bates's violin concerto is one of the most important compositions written in the last five decades. Catch her description of this piece as inspired by a "hybrid prehistoric dinosaur bird taking flight" and much more on Wednesday's program as well as her recording of it with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

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