classical music

It's hard to believe that this fall I'll have hosted my locally produced classical music hour Of Note for KUAF listeners for five years. What a true honor and pleasure I've had bringing you compelling fresh takes on classical alongside interviews from international stars and the local musicians, conductors and composers who bring classical music into the 21st century.

What's not to love about Mozart's brooding Symphony in G minor where contrasts abound? Catch it from the Stuttgart Kammerorchester under Dennis Russell Davies in this week's program along with Mozart's "Haffner" Serenade and Schubert's "Great" as KUAF brings you a full two and a half hours of uninterrupted symphony music. It all begins at 1 p.m. on KUAF-2 and 7:30 p.m. on KUAF 91.3 FM.

Violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate was so enamored with Saint-Saën's third violin concerto that he urged the publisher to allow him to play the "jewel" before anyone else. "You will see that I will make this first class work a veritable prince of hte heavens." The work sees a new recording in Andrew Wan's performance of Saint-Saëns three concertos for Analekta. Catch it on Friday's program.

The Fort Smith Symphony performs a night of Disney for their upcoming concert and, as Music Director John Jeter explains, the animation giant did a lot to popularize classical music. Find out more as Of Note's Katy Henriksen speaks with Jeter prior to the October 24 concert.

Miles Dayton Fish

Antonio Vivaldi is ubiquitous today but that wasn't always the case. Miles Dayton Fish, a professor of music at Northwest Arkansas Community College, has visited Italy for years, delving into Vivaldi archives to find out how this illustrious composer was nearly lost to obscurity. Fish stopped by to explain exactly how and why this happened (interview originally aired on  the Thursday, Sept. 24, Of Note with Katy Henriksen).

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