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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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."

The Fort Smith Symphony closes out the season with Arkansas-born composer Florence Price. In addition to performing her 1st and 4th symphonies, the orchestra embarks on a recording project with classical label stalwart Naxos to release all four of Price's symphonies.

Hear the entirety of the Fort Smith Chorale's spring concert "Images of the Past," a performance from Northside High School on the eve of April 24. 

The chorale, directed by William M. Cromer, celebrates the bicentennial of Fort Smith's founding with a selection of period songs that reflect the promise of the frontier.

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas embarks on its first ever opera presentation with a staging of Act I of Puccini's iconic La Bohème on Saturday, May 5th at the Walton Arts Center.

Executive Director Matthew Herren spoke about the enduring appeal of the story of starving artists- the "bohemians" of the title.

Courtesy: Florencia Zuloaga

Florencia Zuloaga always knew she would be a pianist. She grew up listening to her father and playing by ear before entering into a music conservatory at age 11. 

"I feel this very close connection with the piano... I just can express myself in a way that I think I can't do with anything else,"she says.