The Fort Smith Symphony's concert this weekend explores the "Musical Magic of John Williams." John Jeter, music director of the symphony, stops by KUAF to discuss all things John Williams.

German Pianist Ratko Delorko Plays an All-Gershwin Set

Mar 29, 2013

German pianist and composer Ratko Delorko stops in to play and talk George Gershwin ahead of his concert tonight at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Building at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Watch the video produced by Ratko Delorko from his visit:

Mendelssohn's Other Violin Concerto

Jan 25, 2013

Violinist and music professor for the University of Arkansas Er-Gene Khang discusses the allure of Mendelssohn's lesser known violin concert in D minor, which he wrote as a teen. Khang performs the concerto with the Fort Smith Symphony Saturday night as part of their Evening Serenade program.

Fort Smith Symphony's Evening Serenade

Jan 25, 2013

Music Director John Jeter of the Fort Smith Symphony discusses Handel's Water Music, Brahms 1st Serenade, and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in D minor, which consist of this Saturday's Evening Serenade concert Saturday evening at the Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center in Fort Smith.

Two California entrepreneurs seek to revive Wonderland Cave, a popular local nightclub first constructed in the early 1930s in a massive underground cave complex deep beneath a mountain ridge in Benton County. For more information, visit TheWonderlandCave.com.

Christmas with the Arkansas Philharmonic

Dec 13, 2012

Arkansas Philharmonic conductor Steven Byess stops by the studio to discuss this Sunday's "Christmas with the APO" featuring soloists Steve Amerson and Laurie Gayle Stephenson, plus the McNair Middle School Glee Club.

'Performance Today' at 20: A Look Back

Dec 12, 2012

For 20 years Performance Today has brought listeners to concert halls around the world to hear classical music. Vital performances in the present tense, played by the super-stars of our time and exciting young musicians just starting their careers.

Former Tuberculosis Site Has New Life

Nov 19, 2012
Christina Karnatz

Patients at the Booneville Human Development Center have an important job to do. They make rugs as part of the center's Rugs Project, which brought in more than $8,000 through craft fair sales just last month.

In Madison County there’s a place called “Negro Mountain.” No blacks live there now, but it was, in the 1860s, settled by Ozark African Americans. All of them and their descendants are gone now—except for one individual. We take you to meet the last living African American resident of Madison County

UA music professor Jim Greeson recently released a documentary on Arkansas-born avant garde classical composer Conlon Nancarrow. Greeson discusses Nancarrow's influences, including Henry Cowell, J.S. Bach, and Stravinsky with host Katy Henriksen. They also discuss the philosophy of rhythm as harmony and the importance of counterpoint to Cowell's player piano compositions. For more of the discussion between Greeson and Henriksen, visit this "Ozarks at Large" archive.

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's attorney called on Shawanda Hill to testify on Tuesday morning. Chauvin is on trial on murder charges in George Floyd's death.

Hill told the court she was at the Cup Foods store last May 25 when she ran into Floyd, whom she knew. She described his behavior as "happy, normal, talking, alert."

She said Floyd offered to give her a ride to her house, and she went with him to the car he was driving.

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Kim Potter, the Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, has resigned. Potter had served 26 years on the force before the fatal encounter Sunday where officials said she mistakenly fired her handgun instead of her Taser.

Police Chief Tim Gannon, who on Monday released the body camera footage and characterized the shooting as an "accidental discharge," has also stepped down.

When he was 12, Gates made a bargain with Jesus in an attempt to save his mother's life. He talks about how that altered his own life, and his new book and PBS series, The Black Church.

I knew from all the buzz about The Final Revival of Opal & Nev that it's a work of fiction by first-time novelist Dawnie Walton. But after I started her book, I had to stop and double check to make sure that this wasn't a true account of a real-life rock duo from the 1970s. That's how authentic this odd novel feels, composed, as it is, out of a pandemonium of fictional interviews, footnotes, talk-show transcripts, letters and editor's notes.

President Biden will withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that prompted America's involvement in its longest war, a senior administration official told reporters on Tuesday.

Some 2,500 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, and as many as 1,000 more special operations forces are also reported to be in the country. There were more than 100,000 at the war's peak in 2011.

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