Of Note with Katy Henriksen

Weekdays from 11 a.m. to noon and from 6 to 7 p.m. on KUAF 2

"Of Note" with Katy Henriksen is an hour devoted to classical recordings of note, as well as classical music and fine arts events of note in the listening area. Tune in Monday through Friday from 11 to noon on KUAF 91.3 FM and 6 p.m. weeknights on KUAF-2 for the best classical recordings, as well as engaging interviews with musicians, conductors and performers.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
2:54 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Of Note for Friday, July 31, 2015: Early Concerto ala Haydn

The music of Joseph Haydn’s “Violin Concerto G Major, Hob. VIIa: 4” was not discovered until 1909, nearly 150 years after its composition, when a set of handwritten parts was located in the Breitkopf & Härtel Archives in Leipzig. “Formally, their alternation of block-like orchestral ritornellos and spun-out solos owes much to Baroque archetypes and lacks the kind of textural integration… that was later to develop with the mature sonata style,” says David Grayson, author of the album’s liner notes.

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4:00 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Of Note for Thursday, July 30, 2015: Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's "Commedia Dell'Arte"

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich was inspired by the Italian Renaissance theatre when she composed “Commedia Dell’Arte,” and the piece perfectly embodies the art form for which it is named. Peter Laki explains in his liner notes for the album that “each of the first three movements…is a portrait of a particular character.” For instance, the somersaults of the nimble harlequin become “musical somersaults” in the solo violin line and slapsticks—literally a pair of sticks that are struck against each other that provide the origin to the term “slapstick comedy”—further illustrate his character.

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5:00 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Of Note for Wednesday, July 29, 2015: Hélène Grimaud's Youthful Approach to Strauss

Hélène Grimaud

When Hélène Grimaud’s “Schumann/Strauss” album was released in 1995, the classical pianist was just 25 years old. Glimpses of her youth sparkle through the music she plays, and her sprightly approach is a perfect match for Richard Strauss’s “Burleske in D minor,” which the composer wrote in his early 20s. The talents of these two musicians meet with more than a century between them to create a whimsical experience for young and old alike. Hear Grimaud’s performance of “Burleske” and more on Wednesday’s program.  

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9:58 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Of Note for Tuesday, July 28, 2015: Bach Intimacies

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili decided to focus on the personal side of Bach when she made her first recording devoted to the master. She pairs J. S. Bach with his son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and plays with musicians she's incredibly tight with. Catch these intimacies on Tuesday's program.

-KUAF Music and Culture
4:00 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

Of Note for Monday, July 27, 2015: Dobrinka Tabakova's Concentrated Complexity

Dobrinka Tabakova

Born in 1980, Dobrinka Tabakova is an electrifying contemporary female composer. In the liner notes of the first album devoted entirely to her music, “String Paths,” her aesthetic is described as “reflect[ing] different paths to a convergent artistic end, like a garden maze where multiple trails finally come together.” Tabakova herself also meditates on her compositions, including “Suite in Old Style,” which will be featured on Monday’s show: “The conversation I wanted to have was with Rameau.

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9:35 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Of Note for Friday, July 24, 2015: Fort Smith Symphony's New Season of Contrasts

The Fort Smith Symphony recently announced its 2015-16 concert season, which Music Director John Jeter is incredibly excited about for its diversity.

"Our theme for the year is called ‘Contrast,’ meaning contrasting works and contrasting programs," he explains about the just announced season. "What makes the season so special is that that diversity, among other things, will have four world premieres of newly commissioned pieces, which is really exciting.”

Catch the entire conversation with John Jeter on Friday's program.

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-KUAF Music and Culture
4:00 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Of Note for Thursday, July 23, 2015: Jonathan Biss Dissects Beethoven's "Appasionata"

Jonathan Biss

The depth of Jonathan Biss’s musical talent extends beyond the piano keyboard: in the liner notes for his latest recording of Beethoven sonatas, he demonstrates his intricate knowledge of the pieces on the album. “The ‘Appassionata’ defies any and all comparisons,” he says.

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1:39 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Avi Avital Discusses Vivaldi

Some composers go so far as to indicate the length of time their pieces should take, down to the minute and second, but the music of the baroque period is different. Mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital discusses the creative freedom that is built into music from this time period, allowing the individual musician to interpret and articulate each piece in his own unique way.

    

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4:00 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Of Note for Wednesday, July 22, 2015: The Haunting Beauty of Debussy

Claude Debussy at the beach

Claude Debussy’s intimate relationship with music is perhaps most apparent in the delicacy of compositions like his sonata for flute, viola, and harp, which appears on the album “Tre Voci” along with compositions by Tōru Takemitsu and Sofia Gubaidulina. In the liner notes, Jürg Stenzl writes about Debussy’s sonata that the “sound and line are made completely ethereal and magical…The music begins literally to breathe like a living organism.” Experience the hauntingly beautiful landscape of this piece on Wednesday’s program.  

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-KUAF Music and Culture
4:00 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Of Note for Tuesday, July 21, 2015: Maisky Unravels Ravel

Mischa Maisky

Renowned cellist Mischa Maisky has brought life to the music of many composers over the years, but his Ravel is especially magical. Maisky was asked in a 2011 interview when he began playing cello. “The same year I quit smoking," he laughed. "Yes, very late. I started smoking at five and a half, but I quit when I was eight.” Luckily for listeners, Maisky has embraced good habits. Hear how his skills mingle with the music of Maurice Ravel on Tuesday’s program.  

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