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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Violinist Joshua Bell goes deep with Brahms on his newest recording. Titled For the Love of Brahms, the release features Brahms' brooding double concerto in A minor for violin, cello and orchestra as well as an early work, his playful piano trio in B major.

Find out from Bell what it's like to perform as both soloist and conductor in my interview with him, as well as his rendering of the double concerto, as the highlight in today's program streaming for a limited time in its entirety right here.

The Arkansas International, a newly formed literary magazine from the the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation, celebrates its debut issue of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and comics with a launch party at the Garden Room on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, 8-11 p.m. Wed., Oct. 12. Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Brock stops by the studio along with Managing Co-Editor Anthony Blake and Development Director Elizabeth DeMeo to read from the journal and elaborate on their international focus.

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The young Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz explores Chopin through the composers intimate polonaises. "I feel very close to this music," he exclaims in the liner notes. "It offers us a chance to express so many different emotions of every shade and color: not just melancholy but also joy and resolve." Hear highlights in today's show, plus music from Dobrinka Tabakova, and an Arensky string quartet and more all streaming here for a limited time.

Kristin Hoebermann

A University of Arkansas graduate makes her Metropolitan Opera debut in Mozart's The Magic Flute this seasonwhich happens to be the very opera that launched her interest in perusing the form. Mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko, in Fayetteville to perform an Honors College House Concert, stops by the Firmin-Garner performance studio to perform a little Berlioz and elaborate on what makes The Magic Flute so special.

Contemporary is forever changed by the genius of minimalist composer Steve Reich, who turns 80 today. Hear his groundbreaking "Violin Phase," which utilized looping techniques in 1967 long before they became mainstream, plus a brand new studio recording from the Dover Quartet, which listeners have grown to love as they return each year to participate in the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. That's coming up from 8 to 10 p.m. on KUAF, tomorrow from 9-11 a.m. on KUAF-2 and streaming online at www.kuaf.com.