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Nicole Cotton, a UA music department grad, spent a decade in the arts metropolis of New York City prior to returning to her roots as the first director of the new Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center on the university campus, where she plans to build a culturally diverse home for a rapidly changing area and foster community outreach via partnerships such as a free family screening of the Jim Carrey starred film How the Grinch Stole Christmas Saturday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m.

Although he didn't begin studies in the United States until 2001, Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo is now in high demand for choral and other compositions and, as he tells Of Note's Katy Henriksen, he's always known that a composer is what he wanted to be. He visits the University of Arkansas this week for a residency with the music department. Find out more about the residency, learn about Gjeilo's style in the words of Choral Director Stephen Caldwell, and much more in this exclusive interview.

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.

Leonard Bernstein composed his only ever film score in 1955, the year his son Alexander was born and the music was dedicated to him. "The music is sweet, furious, witty, wild, sexy, brazen, passionate, eclectic, & unashamedly hopeful. Just like our dad," Alexander says of the "On the Waterfront" symphonic suite. Tune in to Monday's program to hear a recording of the suite from Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic.

Pianist Chitose Okashiro presents the grandeur of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 'Pathetique' via a unique piano transcription. Hear the world premiere recording on Monday's program.