KUAF Music and Culture

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra tackles the irreverent P.D.Q. Bach and more for an exploration of humor in music for their November 11th performance featuring a new concerto performed by guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel. Ahead of the concert Assistant Conductor Daniel Abrams stops in to talk a little more about his role with the Arkansas Philharmonic and specifically about the music of P.D.Q. Bach, "the 21st of J. S. Bach's children," a.k.a. Peter Schickele.   

The Open Mouth Poetry Festival brings six poets- and other unsung voices of the community- to multiple venues across Fayetteville this autumn, contributing to the city's literary legacy.  

"Our events are good for people who feel like they aren't deeply involved in the poetry community," says founder and organizer Molly Bess Rector. "We also invite members of the community to be a part of it. If you just find something that moves you, we invite you to share that as well."

"Love me or leave me and let me be lonely," sings a confident, captivating Nina Simone on her singular version of the American standard. The interpretation also captures her lesser known, classical background when halfway through she breaks into a Bach-inspired piano solo.

Prolific violinist Rachel Barton Pine's latest release is an exploration of the original rock star of classical music: Niccolo Paganini, a man known for his incredible skill and devil-may-care attitude.

"Paganini was a larger than life figure from 200 years ago who dressed all in black, and had long hair and lots of female fans," says Pine. "People said that maybe he sold his soul for his amazing technique."

Fayetteville's massive Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival, now in its 18th year, keeps getting bigger, which means more than a few growing pains. In the current divisive political climate, some Fayetteville residents are concerned about the proliferation of racist or sexist merchandise at the festival.