Of Note with Katy Henriksen

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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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In this episode, we immerse ourselves in the element of water, tour the dreams of the creative mind, and hear the planets by piano.

Moving through the cosmos to the sounds of Gustav Holst's "The Planets," as played by Len Vorster and Robert Chamberlain on two pianos, we fall back to Earth to explore an imagination unfettered by wakefulness in Jennifer Higdon's composition "Scenes from the Poet's Dreams."

The words orchestra and overture conjure sounds and images of grandeur and bombast, but what if the accumulated skill of an orchestra could be used for just the opposite: intimacy and contemplation?

Experience a zoological fantasy come to life in a collaboration between the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and NWA Ballet Theatre when they present Camille Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals" at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville this Saturday, April 15, at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. 

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Ryan Cockerham and the Shadow Ensemble are bridging a 90-year gap- assuming the role that live musicians played in the flickering theaters of the silent film era, but with an entirely new set of tools and sense of imagination. Their current fixation: an icon of early science fiction, Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

"At the time, when people were making silent films, there were other people who were interested in using this medium to scare people as much as they could," says Cockerham, "As the Shadow Ensemble we find that pretty exciting."

The Lyrique Quintette, the University of Arkansas's faculty woodwind ensemble, is hard at work on producing its first recording in more than a decade. Ahead of the May recording sessions they present a free concert Thursday, April 13, at the new performing arts venue Stage 18, just off the Fayetteville Square.

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