Daniel Caruth

Morning Host/Producer

Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week returns today with its fall shows beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Drake Field in Fayetteville and runs through Saturday night. The semi-annual event includes work from more than a dozen regional and national designers and includes a student designer showcase. 

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.”

Duo Noire

For guitarists Thomas Flippin and Christopher Mallett, who perform as Duo Noire, discovering that a major calssical guitar showcase held in the 21st century included no women composers and few, if any, women performers came as a shock. Then an epiphany.

"I was just so blown away that that was still happening in 2015," Flippin says. "This is ridicuoulous."

Sarah Mesko

While growing up, mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko, 33, thought of the age as the "Jesus birthday." Although she may not be the next Messiah, this University of Arkansas alumna's star is certainly on the rise in the music world. 

Mesko, who made her Metropolitan Opera debut last year appearing in Mozart's The Magic Flute, returns to Arkansas this week to open the Faulkner Performing Arts Center's 2018-19 season.

Serrano-Torres/Yiaz Yang

Christian Serrano-Torres learned to play music before he could barely speak English. After ten years in Puerto Rico he moved with his family to Georgia where he joined the school orchestra at age 12 to help him fit in. He says the cello was something he fell into, but eventually the instrument became an emotional outlet- playing Bach to stave off sadness and depression. 

© 2018 by Michael McHale/Frank Miller

Pianist Michael McHale closes out the Fort Smith Symphony's 2018-19 season, performing Prokofiev's 3rd piano concerto. Recently he stopped by KUAF for an in-studio performance. Listen as he takes on a moment from Mussorgsky's "Pictures," a nocturne from John Field and a jazzy interpretation of the Irish classic "Danny Boy."

McHale speaks with Of Note's Katy Henriksen about the innovations of Mussorgsky, how he incorporates contemporary music into his work and why "it all comes back to Ireland" when he plays. 

Amit Peled/CAP Records

For Amit Peled, To Brahms With Love is more than an album, it is a true sentiment. He says love, or a childhood crush, led to his lifelong relationship with the cello. 

Tribute Does Justice to Ginsburg in Song

Jul 5, 2018
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.

Courtesy/Dom Flemons

No figure is more iconic to the United States than the cowboy. The Western hero appears mostly in the form of John Wayne and the Marlboro Man. But on his new album Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys, the founding memeber of the Carolina Chocolate Drops challenges the stereotypes of the frontier. 

On Simone Dinnerstein's new album Circles, the pianist debuts an original concerto from Philip Glass.

The minimalist, yet romantic piece, which Glass composed specifically for Dinnerstein, sprung from a breakfast meeting in the prolific composer's garden. She says the new work uses repetition to mirror human values in music. 

"It's something that we need... to revisit experiences," she says. "I just feel like that's something where the music is reflecting a need that we have as people." 

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