KUAF Music and Culture

Nadi Cinema, the University of Arkansas Middle East Film Club, screens a wide array of films from across the Middle East. These films are selected by Joel Gordon, a professor and historian of modern Egypt and the Middle East.  

It’s something you can’t find consistently anywhere else in Northwest Arkansas, said Kaveh Bassiri, a PhD candidate in comparative literature who teaches Iranian film and literature on campus.

The phenomenal Saint Lawrence String Quartet stopped by to perform Haydn and discuss their innovative Haydn Discovery Project ahead of their concert at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center. Listen to the full in-studio right here.

Abigale Rongey

German pianist and composer Ratko Delorko was blown away when he first heard George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" as a child. He stops by the Firmin-Garner performance studio ahead of a free concert tonight at 8 p.m. at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center on the UA campus in Fayetteville to play a bit and chat about what makes Gershwin Gershwin and much more. 

Although Haydn wrote 68 string quartets and is the father of the form, the Saint Lawrence String Quartet, based at Stanford University where they run the chamber music program, believes he doesn't get the recognition he deserves. 

"As great as Haydn was and as great as his music is, we've found that audiences don't necessarily appreciate him enough," explains cellist Christopher Costanza.

This weekend's Masterworks II concert from the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) includes iconic Beethoven's 5th symphony, Sibelius's violin concerto with guest Alexi Kenney and Estonian composer's mesmerizing "Fratres." Ahead of the concert I talk with Music Director Paul Haas.