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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.

The esssence of "Janoska style" includes the sounds of Latin, folk, and improvisational jazz expertly fused together together by the Janoska Ensemble, three brothers and one brother-in-law, all classically-trained musicians born and raised in Vienna.

Janoska Style is also the name of the group's dazzling debut on Deutsche Grammaphon, which features fresh takes of Mozart and Bizet alongside original compositions.

Get your spook on with handpicked macabre classical from myself plus listener picks for their favorite spooky classical! Hear this very special edition via the on-demand streaming links only up for a limited time. We've got old favorites like orchestrations from Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain" and J. S. Bach's Stokowski arrangement of Tocatta and Fugue in D minor plus listener picks from Kronos Quartet and more. It wouldn't truly be a well-rounded spooky set without a little Bernard Hermann thrown in, now would it?

Storybook Strings is a string quartet that transforms childrens' books via string quartet and narration. This brainchild of violinist Elizabeth Lyon performs at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Wednesday afternoon as part of their Winter Break Wonders programming. Tune in to Tuesday's program for an in-studio performance and interview with the energizing ensemble. 

Violinist Itamar Zorman's recent release Portrait culminates from a live performance in Frankfurt and combines his love of Schubert and Brahms with 20th-century works from titans Hindemith and Messiaen.“I believe very strongly in the repertoire of the 20th century and what it has to say to people,” he tells Of Note's Katy Henriksen. Find out more about how this compelling project came together in this interview with the artist.

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