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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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.  

To Touch the Sky: Nine Songs for Unaccompanied Chorus on Texts by Women is composer Kevin Puts’s tribute to female authors such as Emily Brontë, Christina Rosetti, and Sappho, just to name a few. Each of the nine songs embodies the mood and style of a specific piece by each writer. Tune in to Friday’s program to hear Grammy-winning chorus Conspirare’s exploration of the divine feminine through this piece.

The UA music department's Arkansas New Music Ensemble will 'test drive' the new Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center when they perform their first concert in the state of the art hall this Friday night. "One of the pieces is called ‘Test Drive,’ and I've used that as a metaphor for the entire concert,” explains Jamal Duncan, UA music professor and ensemble conductor, when he stops in with members of the group and a sound engineer for the hall, to discuss the concert with Of Note's Katy Henriksen.