Stemming from the idea that life may again return to living solely in the ocean, John Luther Adam's new Pulitzer Prize winning composition Become Ocean highlights our past and poses a grim future. Tune in Sunday to hear the Seattle Symphony perform what music critic Alex Ross describes as, "... the loveliest apocalypse in musical history."
Almost all have heard the magnificent finale to Beethoven's final symphony, most commonly referred to as Ode to Joy. However, many are unaware of what music scholar Jurgen Otten describes as, "the little sister of the composer's last completed symphony." Tune in to hear Beethoven's precursor to his most beloved work, performed by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Choir.
Listen to it on Monday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen.
Joaquin Turina's music was not only influenced by the tumultuous time in which he lived, but also by the range of cultures he found himself a part of. Growing up in Seville, he was exposed to the culture center's rich history, but he also spent a great deal of time in Paris, Madrid, and much of southern Europe. Facing a world at war, Turina certainly understood the devastation of conflict, as the cultures he fused together through his music were so divided.
Retrospective, a three concert series highlighting the words of Soviet era composer Alfred Schnittke, premiers November 18th in UA's Giffels Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Join me as I sit down with visiting players to find out why this concert poses a challenge for listeners and performers alike.
Retrospective, a three concert series featuring the music of Alfred Schnittke kicks off Tuesday, November 18 with a concert at UA's Giffels Auditorium. Featuring works ranging from chamber to film to solo this is a rare opportunity to hear the composer in a live setting. Listen to it on Friday's Of Note With Katy Henriksen.
The fourth annual Books for Tomorrow Benefit Concert will feature local violinist Miho Oda-Sakon accompanied by UA music professor Tomoko Kashiwagi. This concert will benefit the rebuilding of libraries in the Vilonia and Mayflower regions, along with the Children's Library in Rikuzentakata, Iwate, Japan. Join me as I sit down with Sakon and Kashiwagi to learn of their efforts and enjoy a brief preview of their upcoming performance.
Next week begins a three concert series sponsored by the University of Arkansas Department of Music focused on the life and compositions of Alfred Schnittke. Entitled Retrospective, the concerts will feature film, chamber, and small ensemble works by the composer, performed by faculty, students, and local musicians. In honor of these performances, tune in to enjoy Schnittke's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra performed by Yuri Bashmet with the Amsterdam Concert Orchestra.
Listen to it on Tuesday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen.
A work that has only recently garnered critical acclaim and performances from world class orchestras, Mahler's mysterious seventh symphony, informally titled Song of the Night,has come out of the shadows in a new release by the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.
The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas kicks off its opening season this Saturday with works by Weber, Beethoven, and Copland. Join me as I sit down with music director Paul Haas and learn about this upcoming concert and more.
Blending centuries old tradition with a modern sensibility, the New York Times describes the early music ensemble Quicksilver as "rock stars within the early music scene." T
heir new release Fantasticus explores the free form composition technique known as stylus fantasticus, which came to prominence in the late 17th century and has remained, as 17th century scholar Athanasius Kircher wrote, "bound by nothing, neither words nor by harmonic subject."
Listen to it on Tuesday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen