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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The UA Music Department faculty and students collaborate "side by side" in a performance of Aaron Copland's masterwork Appalachian Spring, which was commissioned  by Martha Graham for a ballet during World War II, plus chamber pieces from Stravinsky in a concert Tuesday evening at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center. Find out more about this free concert in my interview with faculty members Jamal Duncan and Lia Uribe.

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) presents its Valentines Pop concert this weekend, and as Music Director Paul Haas explains, music conveys romantic love the way no other art form can. They'll play from the Great American Songbook with the help of soulful guest singer Genine LaTrice Perez. Listen to this interview with Haas to discover his favorite love song and much more, as we discuss the upcoming performance.

There's an inherent intimacy in the sonata form, explains American cellist Alisa Weilerstein regarding her collaboration with pianist Inon Barnatan. The exploration of lush romantic composers Rachmaninov and Chopin, which she notes were known as piano composers, is the subject of her duo release with longtime recital collaborator Barnatan. Find out more in this exclusive interview streamable below.

The Fort Smith Symphony begins 2016 with Mozart's Jupiter Symphony and a jazzy oboe concerto from Martinu when they perform Saturday, Jan. 23. Hear soloist Theresa Delaplain along with pianist Bob Mueller perform from the concerto as well as discuss the fascinating work with FSS Music Director John Jeter.

Little Rock-born Florence B. Price made history when she became the first African American woman to have a symphony performed by a major symphony orchestra when the Chicago Symphony performed her Symphony in E Minor in 1933. Celebrate her legacy in Monday's program.

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