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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Violinist Joshua Bell goes deep with Brahms on his newest recording. Titled For the Love of Brahms, the release features Brahms' brooding double concerto in A minor for violin, cello and orchestra as well as an early work, his playful piano trio in B major.

Find out from Bell what it's like to perform as both soloist and conductor in my interview with him, as well as his rendering of the double concerto, as the highlight in today's program streaming for a limited time in its entirety right here.

The Arkansas International, a newly formed literary magazine from the the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation, celebrates its debut issue of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and comics with a launch party at the Garden Room on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, 8-11 p.m. Wed., Oct. 12. Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Brock stops by the studio along with Managing Co-Editor Anthony Blake and Development Director Elizabeth DeMeo to read from the journal and elaborate on their international focus.

Felix Broede/Deutsche Grammophon

The young Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz explores Chopin through the composers intimate polonaises. "I feel very close to this music," he exclaims in the liner notes. "It offers us a chance to express so many different emotions of every shade and color: not just melancholy but also joy and resolve." Hear highlights in today's show, plus music from Dobrinka Tabakova, and an Arensky string quartet and more all streaming here for a limited time.

A Steinway Concert Grand piano, owned by famed pianist Van Cliburn was recently given to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  A dedication concert, performed by award-winning pianist Olga Kern, takes place inside the Great Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. Kern is the 2001 Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medal winner, the first woman to earn this award in over 30 years.

Kristin Hoebermann

A University of Arkansas graduate makes her Metropolitan Opera debut in Mozart's The Magic Flute this seasonwhich happens to be the very opera that launched her interest in perusing the form. Mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko, in Fayetteville to perform an Honors College House Concert, stops by the Firmin-Garner performance studio to perform a little Berlioz and elaborate on what makes The Magic Flute so special.