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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Many classical composers were inspired by Shakespeare including Korngold in his suite for chamber orchestra from "Much Ado About Nothing." Hear that plus excerpts from Celibidache leading the SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet." That and more coming up on Monday's program.

Henri Dutilleux is known for his flexibility as a composer, but also as one who will be satisfied with nothing less than utter perfection. His violin concerto “L’arbre des songes” (“The Tree of Dreams”) demonstrates his keen attention to detail, exuding mystery and turbulence, snaking between quiet moments and quick motions. Frequently dissonant and full of suspense, this piece is excitement from beginning to end. Join us for a spectacular performance of “L’arbre des songes” by the Seattle Symphony on Friday’s program.

Simone Dinnerstein’s latest release proudly showcases a piece Philip Lasser wrote specifically for her, the piano concerto entitled “The Circle and the Child.” The composition features variations on the Bach chorale “Ihr Gestirn, ihr hohen Lüfte” and, according to Dinnerstein, “explores ideas of travel and discovery, and of memory and return.” Not only can you catch this piece and an interview with the pianist on Thursday’s Of Note, but you will also have the opportunity to watch Simone Dinnerstein perform live at the Walton Arts Center on January 8, 2016 as part of their 10x10 Arts Series

Yundi Li always brings an incredible level of intellectual engagement with him to the piano keyboard, and it shows. His meditation on Robert Schumann's "Fantasy in C Major" reflects a desire to "create a sonority which echoes what Schumann called 'drawing a veil' over the music. What lies beneath the veil could be palpable, but one can never really tell what it is or what it looks like. This is the sense of the Fantasy—a grey area where reality and Romanticism coexist." Join us to hear how Yundi puts these thoughts into action on Wednesday's show.  

Composer Max Richter continues to reinvent classical music for the 21st century in his latest effort titled simply Sleep, which he describes as an eight hour lullaby in which the composer says will debut to an audience in beds rather than seats, a description that has Pitchfork Media describing the world premier as a "classical music slumber party." Hear highlights from the forthcoming project on Tuesday's program.

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