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When violinist Anne Akiko Meyers embarked on a new interpretation of Philip Glass' "Metamorphosis," the composer directed her to his longtime collaborator Michael Reisman.

Turns out Reisman was already collaborating with Meyers in her new release in an arrangement of Arvo Pärt's "Fratres."

These two meditative pieces on Meyers' album Mirror in Mirror (itself a reference to Pärt) contribute to a whole characterized by haunting beauty—featuring lullabies and sunken ships.

Of Note: Evocative Intimacies for Cello and Piano

Jun 17, 2019
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Explore evocative intimacies in a new duo recording of Chopin, Schumann and Grieg  from cellist Inbal Segev and pianist Juho Pohjonen.

"I think Chopin was a master of making the impression of a human voice on piano," explains Pohjonen.

"Chopin wrote mostly for piano, and very few works for other instruments," says Segev, elaborating that the cello lines in Chopin's Sonata in G Minor mimic the bel canto style of singing. 

Hear the full interview in the streaming link above.

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As part of their 2018-2019 season, the Fort Smith Chorale presented "Under the Stars," a performance at the First United Methodist Church Tuesday, April 30.

Described as "an evening of beauty and reflection," the performance features a diverse selection of choral works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Stream this live recording for a limited time.

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The Fort Smith Symphony closes its season this Saturday, May 11, with Prokofiev's 3rd piano concerto, a world premiere that takes notes from the world of electronic dance music and Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" featuring a collaboration with The Unexpected. Learn more in the on-demand streaming interview.

courtesy Geffrey Davis

Poet Geffrey Davis, who teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Arkansas recently won a 2019 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His new book of poetry, Night Angler, won the 2018 James Laughlin Award.  

When he stopped by the studio to discuss his journey into becoming a poet, he also read his poem "The Fidelity of Water," which was published in the New Yorker earlier this year

Night Angler is available now from BOA Editions.

To capture the unique structure of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla's tangos nuevos on their album Celebrating Piazzolla, Neave Trio went as close to the source as possible, bringing in Piazzolla's colleagues Jose Bragato and Leonardo Suarez Paz.

"I think we all felt like we got a real window into the world of Piazzolla and the tango nuevo," says violinist Anna Williams.

The paradox of being an American composer in a what is historically Eurocentric, the emotional upheavals of the 2016 election, and the significance of the gas station in American iconography are all factors in the album American Dream, a collaboration between New York City-based composer Scott Wollschleger and piano trio Bearthoven.

Fayetteville gets extra jazzy this weekend, thanks to the Fayetteville Jazz Festival. Learn more from organizers Kim and Chris Teal of the University of Arkansas Community Music School.

"Jazz has been such an interesting way to approach scholarship because it's given me a really interesting lens on the history of the United States and American culture," explains Kim.

KUAF Arts Beat: Getting Personal with Beethoven

Apr 2, 2019

One local music scholar gets personal with yet another iconic towering figure of the classical canon in his latest research.

After tackling Vivaldi, follwed by Mozart, Miles Dayton Fish, professor of music at Northwest Arkansas Community College, he's turned to Beethoven by scouring the composer's own correspendence along with correspondence of his contemporaries. 

More than 400 saxophone players convene on the University of Arkansas campus this week for the North American Saxophone Alliance's region 4 conference.

Ahead of this tremendous gathering of saxophones, the Obstreperous Saxophone Sextet stopped by the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio to perform and chat all things saxophone.

Landon Cole, Grant Hollis, Michael Succox, Benjamin Turner, Bailey Ross and Ryan Miller make up ththis undergraduate ensemble. They'll perform at this week's conference.

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