in-studio performance

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.”

A piano has 88 keys, so it makes sense that the 88th day of the year should be when we celebrate this versatile instrument. German composer and sound artists Nils Frahm launched a "Piano Day" initiative to spur conversations and activities of all things piano to happen each year on this day, which happens to be March 29 in 2019.

KUAF took part in this international day by inviting local pianist and composer Amos Cochran into the Firmin-Garner performance studio to play and discuss all things piano. Listen to the full segment with this on-demand stream.

Color is the theme for the University of Arkansas' Arkansas New Music Ensemble winter concert tonight at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center.  

Storybook Strings is a string quartet that transforms childrens' books via string quartet and narration. This brainchild of violinist Elizabeth Lyon performs at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Wednesday afternoon as part of their Winter Break Wonders programming. Tune in to Tuesday's program for an in-studio performance and interview with the energizing ensemble. 

University of Arkansas trombone professor Cory Mixdorf includes a piece inspired by aliens in his upcoming concert when he performs Howard Buss’s “Alien Loop de Loops” and others. "He was thinking about a trombonist performing outside in an open area as if aliens were doing a space craft show from above," explains Mixdorf of this unusual piece. Join Katy Henriksen to hear his in-studio performance and interview for the highlight on Friday's program.