classical music

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."


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.

Violinist Joshua Bell goes deep with Brahms on his newest recording. Titled For the Love of Brahms, the release features Brahms' brooding double concerto in A minor for violin, cello and orchestra as well as an early work, his playful piano trio in B major.

Find out from Bell what it's like to perform as both soloist and conductor in my interview with him, as well as his rendering of the double concerto, as the highlight in today's program streaming for a limited time in its entirety right here.

In today's program airing from 8 to 10 p.m. on KUAF explore exquisite American compositions of the 20th and 21st century with music with a flute and piano duo from Berbt Beaser, a symphony from Kevin Puts, a chamber work from Jennifer Higdon and new music performed by the Chicago chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird.