classical music

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.”

Photo Courtesy of Cedille Records

It can be hard for anyone to show adequate admiration for their mother, but it can be even harder when your mom is beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

That's why soprano Patrice Michaels and Cedille Records founder James Ginsburg decided to devote an entire album to the famed associate justice. James and Patrice are married & James' mother is the Notorious RBG herself.

"Notorious RBG in Song," is a portrait of her life in nine original pieces with help from pianist Kuang-Hao Huang among others.

After months of practice, winners of this year's University of Arkansas Music Honors Recital competition showcase their hard work at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center this weekend. In addition to the recital, the students also recorded professionally with Bentonville's Haxton Road Studios.

"It was such an amazing opportunity to do something like this so young," says clarinetist Nathan Barker. "There's just something cool about going into the soundroom and hearing yourself."

ORA

Tune in each day this month to experience a musical advent calendar. Of Note with Katy Henriksen is one of two stations stateside to participate in the vibrant UK a cappella group ORA's  innovative project that includes carols both old and new, featuring two compositions commissioned specifically for this project by composers John Rutter and Debbie Wiseman. 

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In this week's Of Note on demand installment, we explore an enticing new Deutsche Grammophon recording from mandolinist Avi Avital.

A collaboration with longtime friend and bass/oud player Omer Avital, this blend of of Avi's classical and Omer's jazz styles creates a distinct soundscape described by the label as "pure unadulterated exoticism." Listen to 10 hours of handpicked compelling classical music in on demand Of Note episodes available through July 5.

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