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 Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) presents a series of Christmas concerts Dec. 3 and 4 to open their 2016-2017 season at the newly renovated Walton Arts Center. Music Director Paul Haas describes these concerts as a place where we can all come together and celebrate humanity.

"For me it's one of my favorite concerts of the year," he tells Katy Henriksen. "There's a feeling of community." 

Katy Henriksen

A house party first brought cellist Christian Davis Serrano-Torres and pianist Sophia-Odelia Bauer together, as they bonded over a mutual interest in returning to their classical music roots.

Although she keeps busy as a fashion photographer and videographer and he as a member of indie rock group Rosenbridge, they both longed to tackle lush romantic works from the likes of Faure, Rachmaninov and Schumann. 

Yevgeny Kutik, a Russian-American violinist praised for his technical precision and virtuosity, has a new release called Words Fail, which begins with selections from Felix Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words."

"I kind of whittled down my favorites," Kutik explains to Katy Henriksen. This work with Mendelssohn helped Kutik to learn more about "the ability of music to communicate far better than words." Listen to the interview in its entirety right here. 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an incredibly prolific composer, with more than 600 works to his name. Mozart's final composition, Requiem, was commissioned as a mass by the Count Franz von Walsegg, but was left partially unfinished after Mozart's death. Worried about her financial future, Mozart's widow Constanze set about finding composers to secretly finish the piece.

Ozark Family Opera Company is a new, non-profit regional opera company currently presenting  Amahl & The Night Visitors, a one act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti based on the biblical story of the Three Kings. "There is such talent in this area," says founding member Kiersten Bible in her recent interview with Katy Henriksen. Find out more in this streaming audio segment.