Katy Henriksen

KUAF host of "Of Note", Arts Director and contributor of "Ozarks at Large"

Katy Henriksen is a Fayetteville native who grew up in a musical household. She began violin lessons at age six and later added voice, viola and piano to her musical studies. She was briefly a music major at the University of Arkansas before switching over to print journalism (B.A. '00, M.A. '03) and she's been covering arts and culture ever since, both here in Northwest Arkansas and in New York City, where she lived from 2004 to 2008. 

She's covered arts and culture for the Brooklyn Rail, New Pages, Oxford American, Paste, the Poetry Project Newsletter, Publishers Weekly, Venus Zine, Wondering Sound and others. You may have seen her documentary Rare Edition, about the Dickson Street Bookshop, on AETN. Her favorite violin concerto is Mendelssohn's Concerto in E minor. In addition to joining KUAF as the classical music and arts producer, she's the music editor for The Rumpus, an online cultural magazine based in San Francisco.

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Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra begins its 2018-19 season with a family friendly "Halloween Fantasia"  matinee concert Saturday, Sept. 29.  "Every single work that we perform this season is embracing and engaging,"remarks conductor Steven Byess. 

He speaks with Of Note's Katy Henriksen ahead of the opener to explain how this year's selection folds in music that appeals to young and old, including new pieces and favorites like Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2.

Tesla Quartet

In their debut recording, the Tesla Quartet invites classical music fans to rethink stereotypes with offerings of Haydn, Ravel and Stravinsky.

“We often hear people say classical music is very relaxing, very soothing," says cellist Serafim Smigelskiy. "But, you probably shouldn’t listen to Stravinsky before going to bed.”

Duo Noire

For guitarists Thomas Flippin and Christopher Mallett, who perform as Duo Noire, discovering that a major calssical guitar showcase held in the 21st century included no women composers and few, if any, women performers came as a shock. Then an epiphany.

"I was just so blown away that that was still happening in 2015," Flippin says. "This is ridicuoulous."

Serrano-Torres/Yiaz Yang

Christian Serrano-Torres learned to play music before he could barely speak English. After ten years in Puerto Rico he moved with his family to Georgia where he joined the school orchestra at age 12 to help him fit in. He says the cello was something he fell into, but eventually the instrument became an emotional outlet- playing Bach to stave off sadness and depression. 

© 2018 by Michael McHale/Frank Miller

Pianist Michael McHale closes out the Fort Smith Symphony's 2018-19 season, performing Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Recently he stopped by KUAF for an in-studio performance. Listen as he takes on a moment from Mussorgsky's "Pictures," a nocturne from John Field and a jazzy interpretation of the Irish classic "Danny Boy."

McHale speaks with Of Note's Katy Henriksen about the innovations of Mussorgsky, how he incorporates contemporary music into his work and why "it all comes back to Ireland" when he plays. 

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