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 University of Arkansas' Lyrique Quintette's upcoming album is their first in over a decade, representing six composers from across the Western hemisphere. After more than a year of hard work they're excited to show the public what they've been up to.

"It covers different Latin rhythms, and it has that flavor of dancing," says basoonist Lia Uribe. "I can imagine as  I'm playing the movement and the gestures while dancing that we're trying to emulate."

"It's definitely a labor of love," says Timothy Thompson.

When most people hear the name Godzilla, it's destruction that comes immediately to mind- but as part of their live-scoring of the 1954 film, Ryan Cockerham's music and sound design class at the Arkansas Arts Academy reconstruct the soundscape.

"There is no documentation of Godzilla, because Toho is very protective of what's distributed," says Cockerham. "So this film just exists as a film. There's no screenplay, there's no nothing."

Rachel Barton Pine's new album is a synthesis of two composers whose works are imbued with a singular warmth and humanity from composers Max Bruch and Edward Elgar.

"Even though they were forty years apart from different countries, they felt like they would really work on the same album," says Pine, adding that the works of Bruch are "never far from her fingers."

University of Arkansas Music Department


Sometimes music helps us through our darkest moments.

That's exactly the case with "Pre-Existing Condition," which Stephen Caldwell, director of choral activities at the University of Arkansas, composed following the harrowing experience of caring for a newborn son born with seven heart conditions. 

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas joins forces with the Fayetteville Jazz Collective to bring a night of iconic film music to the Walton Arts Center at 7pm on Saturday, March 10th.

Executive director Matthew Herren and Fayetteville Jazz Collective member Ben Harris joined Katy Henriksen at KUAF studios to talk about their passion for film scores and how their visual connections have tremendous power in the popular imagination.