Ubiquitous Vivaldi Was Nearly Obscure

Feb 28, 2014

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers explains how now ubiquitous Vivaldi was nearly left in the dust bins. Meyers has a new recording out of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" played on the "Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu," a legendary violin that makes its recording debut on her new release.

Roiled a century ago by race riots, Harrison is taking pragmatic steps to repair its reputation, and has become culturally diverse, due to the presence of the Harrison Community Task Force on Race Relations. Still, as Jacqueline Froelich reports, a few local white patriots have come out to mark the town as their territory.

Whether Fast or Slow Jason Vieaux Like to Play

Feb 21, 2014

Guitarist extraordinaire Jason Vieaux explores fast and slow traditional and modern in a juxtaposition of sounds of his new album Play

How Composing and Performing Inform Each Other

Feb 14, 2014

  The young Russian pianist Daniil Trifanov has taken the classical music world by storm ever since winning the both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions in 2011. He's now signed to Deutsche Grammophon and his first release with the label is his Carnegie Hall debut. Also a composer, Trifanov feels that performance and composition help each other out. 

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas's music director Paul Haas elaborates on the symphony's upcoming Valentines Pops concert, which will feature love and its pursuit.

For the Love of Bach

Feb 6, 2014

  American pianist Simone Dinnerstein opens up about her earliest memories of Bach and about when she first fell in love with music. Her new album Bach Inventions & Sinfonias is out now on Sony Classical. 

A Cellist's Early Love of Dvorak's Bohemian Mystery

Jan 31, 2014

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.

Russian Pianist Presents a Journey of the Sonata Form

Jan 30, 2014

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.  

Christmas with the APO and Soprano Leona Mitchell

Dec 19, 2013

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. 

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The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics pushed back on "speculation" that the novel coronavirus epidemic could lead to the cancellation of the Summer Games, after an IOC official appeared to suggest otherwise.

"Tokyo 2020 will continue to collaborate with all relevant organisations which carefully monitor any incidence of infectious diseases and will review any countermeasures that may be necessary with all relevant organisations," the local organizing committee said in a statement on Thursday.

"The rest is speculation," it said.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed this week to dismiss the case of "D.C. sniper" Lee Boyd Malvo, who mounted a legal challenge to his life-without-parole sentence for a deadly 2002 shooting rampage he committed as minor.

In a sharp turn from the public apology he issued two days ago, opera star Plácido Domingo offered a new statement on Thursday regarding allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

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Now, crews are beginning work to eventually remove the ship, but getting rid of such a giant wreck is complicated.

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