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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“It could be argued that art—and music in particular—represents an engagement with the transcendental,” said Austrian conductor Nikolas Harnoncourt in an interview.

In 1824 composer Franz Schubert writes, in a letter to his friend, that he has “not written many new songs,” a claim that is just one example of how hard Schubert was on himself, as he had written his Octet and two string quartets prior to this letter, and they went on to be some of the greatest chamber pieces of his career.

As the only classical performers to have ever played at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, it might be no surprise to hear that the string quartet Brooklyn Rider has an unconventional approach to classical music.

They bring this fresh outlook to their release A Walking Fire, in which they seek to celebrate the “transformative nature of travel and its potential to act as a creative catalyst.” Hear music from this album from 8 to 10 p.m. on KUAF.

“As I started to understand the great possibilities of minimalist style, my mind began to make connections to the same techniques – specifically the manipulation of patterns and ‘cells’ of material—as practiced by composers of the 17th and 18th centuries,” says Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani.

Esfahani’s Deutsche Grammaphon debut, Time Present and Time Past, features a mix of baroque era Harpsichord pieces, like Bach, and minimalist modern pieces like Reich. Hear Mahan Esfahani and much more from 8 to 10 p.m. on KUAF.

Now in its 66th season, Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs offers a rare intimate glimpse at fully staged works such as Mozart's Don Giovanni and Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, all performed by tomorrow's stars. As the company explains, this is where "the students are the stars." I talked to Artistic Director Thomas Cockrell about this year's productions and what makes this program so special.