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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Pianist Valentina Lisitsa’s latest release takes on the challenges of Philip Glass’s work with a sensitivity that has not often been associated with his minimalistic compositions. On Tuesday’s show, experience the bright cognizance Lisitsa brings to Glass’s score to “The Hours,” along with much more.  

The beauty of much of Chopin’s work lies in its detailed complexity, often making it some of the most difficult music to learn and perform. But on their latest release, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan show no fear, flawlessly executing Chopin’s sonatas with the keenly precise interaction that they have cultivated over years of playing together. Join us on Monday’s show for highlights from this magnificent new recording and more.

The newly-christened Rhizome String Quartet juxtaposes the classical sounds of Beethoven with a contemporary string quartet by Jefferson Friedman in an honors college house concert tonight.

The ensemble, which consists of UA music faculty members Er-Gene Kahng (1st violin),  Paulo Eskitch (viola), David Gerstein (cello), and composer/performer Ryan Cockerham (2nd violin) stop by the Firmin-Garner Performance studio to play and discuss the concert with Katy Henriksen.

Composer Michael Shelle's Resilience was inspired by both a Mendelssohn string quartet and a piece of writing he discovered on a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. The work receives its world premiere performance when the Fort Smith Symphony opens its 2015-2016 season with the help of guest soloists Alaina Rea, viola, and Joshua Devries, cello.

Fort Smith Symphony Music Director John Jeter stopped by the studio this week along with composer Michael Schelle and soloists Alaina Rea, viola, and Joshua DeVries, cello, for an in-studio performance and discussion about the symphony's first concert of the season, The Greatest Generation.