Of Note with Katy Henriksen

Sunday through Thursday evenings from 8 to 10 p.m.

Catch two hours of compelling classical music with your host Katy Henriksen Sunday through Thursday evenings from 8 to 10 p.m. only here on KUAF. Henriksen brings classical music into the 21st century by handpicking the most vital recordings of today alongside groundbreaking historic releases while bringing insight into the world of classical music today through feature interviews with composers, musicians, conductors and all the people who make this riveting world possible.

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American cellist Alisa Weilerstein has dreamed of playing Dvorak's cello concerto at concert halls the world over since age four. Her new recording for Decca documents this passion, with Weilerstein performing the lyrical work, accompanied by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek. Katy Henriksen talks to Weilerstein about her early love for Dvorak, the importance of biographical details to understanding pieces and about how the concerto is a tone poem, with the cello as the hero.

Dmitri Ratser, Russian pianist and faculty member of the prestigious Moscow Conservatory of Music, visits the University of Arkansas music department to present a journey through the sonata form beginning with Haydn through the romantics, culminating with a modern sonata from Rosenblatt. His free recital is tonight at 8 p.m. in the Stella Boyle Smith concert hall on the UA campus in Fayetteville.

Grammy-nominated mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital's new album Between Worlds explores the intersections of folk and classical through mandolin arrangements of both folk traditionals and classical pieces. I speak with Avital about the new release and how he was able to meld the two genres as well as his beginnings as a mandolin player as a member of a 40-piece all mandolin youth orchestra.  

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the season with special guests the Ozark Bronze Handbell Choir, the University of Arkansas Childrens' Choir and Grammy Award-winning soprano Leona Mitchell in their final concert of 2013 on Dec. 21. Katy Henriksen talks to conductor Steven Byess and soprano Leona Mitchell about the festive offerings. 

Grammy-winning violinist, cross-genre composer and music educator Mark O'Connor wants to rethink our approach to strings. Katy Henriksen spoke to O'Connor prior to his "Appalachian Christmas" concert appearance in Fayetteville December 13 at the Walton Arts Center.