Of Note with Katy Henriksen

Sunday through Thursday evenings from 8 to 10 p.m.

Catch two hours of compelling classical music with your host Katy Henriksen Sunday through Thursday evenings from 8 to 10 p.m. only here on KUAF. Henriksen brings classical music into the 21st century by handpicking the most vital recordings of today alongside groundbreaking historic releases while bringing insight into the world of classical music today through feature interviews with composers, musicians, conductors and all the people who make this riveting world possible.

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The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 2017-2018 season this weekend by commemorating World War I and II through sonic exploration.

The eclectic program, which weaves many smaller works together, includes the iconic first movement of Beethoven's Fifth, which was used by Allied forces in World War II. Find out more in my interview with Music Director Steven Byess.

Arianna Dominguez

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein chose the unlikely setting of Cuba to tackle two Mozart piano concertos. "In Havana, wherever you walk there is music," she explains of the vibrant city. The resulting Mozart in Havana, a collaboration with the vibrantly youthful Havana Lyceum Orchestra conducted José Antonio Méndez Padrón, exemplifies the way music transcends boundaries.

University of Arkansas

The multifarious sounds of folk and world music dominate the Faulkner Performing Arts Center's (FPAC) third season on the University of Arkansas campus with acts ranging from a Jordanian singer to a one-man performance art piece on the music and work of Woody Guthrie.

Find out more in Katy Henriksen's interview with FPAC Executive Director Nicole Cotton and become a Facebook fan of Of Note with Katy Henriksen for your chance to win two season tickets.

Axiom Brass

Axiom Brass wants to crush the stereotype that their instrument family is only bombastic. The quintet plays with precision and expressiveness while redefining the idea of brass chamber music.  

"I think a lot of people know brass instruments for being able to play loud and powerfully," explains Mary Tyler, trombonist in the ensemble. "I don't think a lot of people have heard brass instruments play on the softer side or with a lot of finesse."

In Chopin: Works for Piano & OrchestraPolish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki's explores Chopin's ability to bring emotion to his audience.

"He connects with our soul, with our heart right away," Lisiecki tells Katy Henriksen. "His writing was revolutionary and stands alone."