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Saturday's Her Set, Her Sound at Prairie Street Live will feature seven women DJs performing together on the same bill for the first time. We discovered the festival's organizer, Robyn Jordan, wants to life others up and the festival is designed to do just that.

Join KUAF Friday, August 23, from noon until 2pm at the Fayetteville Public Library for the live broadcast of Ozarks at Large featuring the Fayetteville Roots Festival. This is a FREE event with the opportunity to listen to live music and interviews from Roots Festival artists. Doors open at 11am with first come seating. You can also listen to this live broadcast at 91.3, KUAF Public Radio.

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Live music takes to the streets with “Live at the Five and Dime,” a series of intimate sidewalk concerts presented by the University of Arkansas Music Departmenton the downtown Bentonville Square.

“It’s a really great opportunity to infringe on people’s environment. That’s honestly where [music] belongs,” upright bassist Garrett Jones says about incorporating passers-by. “Art’s all around you on a day-to-day basis. Music is up the same alley.”

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The University of Arkansas's Schola Cantorum, led by Stephen Caldwell, presented their winter concert, "A Child's Christmas in Wales," last week at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center. We're thrilled to present it here in a limited edition on-demand stream. 

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Welsh Pianist Llyr Williams tackles the complete solo piano repertoire of Beethoven in live reocdings from London's Wigmore Hall on his new 12-disc box set Beethoven Unbound.  The stunning cycle comprises nearly 14 hours of music, which Williams says comprise "all of life."

"The humorous moments to the tragic moments," he says. "It's just all there in Beethoven."

Learn more in this on-demand stream of Llyr Williams in conversation with Katy Henriksen.

The harp is not the first instrument that comes to mind in an indie rock setting- so the ethereal instrumentals of L.A.-based harpist Mary Lattimore are often an unexpected accompaniment in the venues she plays. 

"I really love to bring the instrument into a modern situation where it doesn't seem so precious and so alien," Lattimore says.

Lattimore performs at Stage Eighteen in downtown Fayetteville this Saturday, June 2. 

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While on sabbatical last year, University of Arkansas music professor Chal Ragsdale arranged a new edition of "Lads of Wamphray Ballad" - a long-neglected ballad from the eccentric Australian composer Percy Grainger.

Ragsdale, a leading scholar on Grainger, says his instrumentation and compositions were integral to the development of modern American band music. 

"[He] put forward a vision of what a band could be," Ragsdale says. "What his vision was is what the wind band became particularly after World War I and World War II on into Today." 

Hear the entirety of the Fort Smith Chorale's winter concert titled "How Great Our Joy" in this on-demand stream. This live recording took place November 30 , 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith. The chorale is directed by William M. Cromer with accompanist Gaye McClure.

The fall season of Trillium Salon Series launches this week with a world premiere performance of a violin duet, which the composer describes as "very meditative." 

Fayetteville-based composer and musician Ryan Cockerham explains that his piece, titled "Further Within," is music that's designed to provoke not only a response to the music but to each individual's own situation. 

The KUAF Fulbright chamber music fest continues this week with the music of lifelong pacifist Frank Bridge. This British composer taught Benjamin Britten, who clearly overshadowed his teacher. Festival violinists Er-Gene Kahng and Ryan Cockerham believe that's a shame. Find out more about Thursday's concert in this full interview streaming below.