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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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott celebrate life in their latest release. “‘Songs from the Arc of Life’ incorporates, I would like to think, all the stages, or many of the stages, that we all go through, from birth until death,” remarks Ma. On Friday’s program, hear more from these musicians and pieces from this magnificent recording by these long-time musical partners.  

Of Note for Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015: Celebrating Sondheim

Nov 25, 2015

The musical genius of Stephen Sondheim gets a new spin with pianist Anthony de Mare’s latest project, Liasons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano. De Mare’s concept was to commission 36 of today’s hottest composers from a variety of backgrounds, genres, and nationalities to choose a single piece by Sondheim and re-imagine it as a solo piece, and the results are astounding. Tune into Thursday’s program for highlights, along with more celebrations of American music.  


Genre-bending composer David Chesky’s “Klezmer Concerto” embraces the Eastern European Jewish style for which it is named while incorporating other elements as well. “As a jazz musician, I have always had this fascination with klezmer, flamenco, and Russian and Eastern European gypsy music. To me, they all emanate from the same place, and essentially, all of them are blues,” says Chesky. Join us on Wednesday’s program to discover how these ideas translate into a classical concerto.  

Of Note for Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015: The Viola of Love

Nov 23, 2015

The viola d’amore, or viola of love, is an entirely different instrument from the standard viola. With sympathetic strings to compliment the bowed ones, the viola d’amore has a sound all its own. Baroque violinist Rachel Barton Pine takes on Vivaldi’s complete works for this instrument on her latest recording, showcasing the depth and emotion created by its rich sound. Tune in to Tuesday’s program for highlights from this recording and much more.

Vladimir Horowitz was a legendary pianist near and dear to Chicago’s heart, selling out repeat concerts for fans who just couldn’t get enough. That’s why, in 1986, he decided to plan a performance that would be broadcast locally on a Chicago radio station, as a gift to his admirers across the city. That broadcast was played only twice until it was rediscovered in the radio station’s vaults in 2013. On Monday’s program, experience this broadcast for yourself as we play highlights from Deutsche Grammophon’s recording of this beloved performance.