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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As part of their ongoing project to record all of the Beethoven String Quartets, the Miro Quartet tackles String Quartet No.14, Op 131- a piece from one of the most tumultuous periods in the great composer's life.

Emerging from familial struggles at the twilight of his life, the piece is one of "yearning for something else, as well as perhaps dreams for happiness or memories of times past."

Jazz and classical sensibilites collide on pianist Robert Prester's new album, Rapsodya

The album tackles classical solo works from master composers as well as his first ever take on composing in the sonata form. Prester says that an accidental move to the New York City neighborhood of Queens led to a creative flood that helped shape his new work. 

"Queens just felt like this big, wide-open craziness," he says. "It was a great period for me." 

Opera Fayetteville is concluding Opera in Bloom tomorrow. Short, English-language operas have been performed in unusual venues the past two weeks. The finale is 7 p.m. Friday at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

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Violinist Lisa Batiashvili first attempted a Prokofiev concerto at age 13, shortly after moving from Tbilisi, Georgia, to Hamburg, Germany. She remembers her teacher assigning books instead of technical lessons to help her understand the densely evocative work. Later, when she heard the concerto performed, the piece really came together for her.

"I got to hear all these colors of the concerto," She says. "Then suddenly you understand that this whole music is about theater, it's about telling stories and describing all these incredible characters."

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