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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Young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov’s latest release pays homage to his musical idol, Sergei Rachmaninov. On Tuesday’s program, hear Trifonov’s heartfelt performance of the dazzling “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” along with much more!

Samuel Barber once described the second movement of his “String Quartet in B Minor” as a “knockout.” It seems that the rest of the world agreed—“Adagio for Strings” became an instant classic and is still widely known today. Tune into Monday’s program for a performance of this luxurious piece by San Francisco’s Cypress String Quartet and more!  

The Worker’s Union Ensemble recently stopped by the KUAF studio to talk about their upcoming performance at Nightbird Books. Member Ryan Cockerham explains the political nature of the pieces to be played: “This holiday was literally created to honor the American worker,” and that’s what this music aims to do, too. “We chose these two pieces because both of them are essentially political composition, which is […] its own art form.” Hear the entire interview on Friday’s program, and don’t miss the performance Friday night at 7:00 inside Nightbird Books!  

Holly Smardo and Jason Miller of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra came by the KUAF studio earlier this week to discuss their upcoming season. The group is excited to be playing some especially gorgeous and familiar pieces this year, including “The Red Violin Concerto” by John Corigliano. “The piece itself […] is absolutely haunting and beautiful,” says Smardo. Listen for the entire interview on Thursday’s program.

Harpsichord music often goes unnoticed in a classical music world filled with piano concertos and string quartets, but such a distinctive instrument and its unique sound demand recognition. On Wednesday’s program, listen to a stellar performance of Henryk Górecki’s “Harpichord Concerto” played with nuanced expertise by Mahan Esfahani, along with much more!

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