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.

Ways to Connect

The phenomenal Saint Lawrence String Quartet stopped by to perform Haydn and discuss their innovative Haydn Discovery Project ahead of their concert at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center. Listen to the full in-studio right here.

Abigale Rongey

German pianist and composer Ratko Delorko was blown away when he first heard George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" as a child. He stops by the Firmin-Garner performance studio ahead of a free concert tonight at 8 p.m. at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center on the UA campus in Fayetteville to play a bit and chat about what makes Gershwin Gershwin and much more. 

Although Haydn wrote 68 string quartets and is the father of the form, the Saint Lawrence String Quartet, based at Stanford University where they run the chamber music program, believes he doesn't get the recognition he deserves. 

"As great as Haydn was and as great as his music is, we've found that audiences don't necessarily appreciate him enough," explains cellist Christopher Costanza.

This weekend's Masterworks II concert from the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) includes iconic Beethoven's 5th symphony, Sibelius's violin concerto with guest Alexi Kenney and Estonian composer's mesmerizing "Fratres." Ahead of the concert I talk with Music Director Paul Haas.

University of Arkansas Department of Theatre

Although Aristophanes wrote his Greek comedy Lysistrata 2,500 years ago, this classic tale of gender wars remains eerily relevant. Find out more about the University of Arkansas Department of Theatre's 21st Century update in my conversation with director Morgan Hicks. Hint: it involves pop, country, and rap hits. The UA Theatre department adaptation opens Friday, Feb. 17 with shows through Sunday, Feb. 26.