Of Note Episodes

Brown BagUA Music Professor Johan Botes believes passionately about classical music for all. Instead of just talking about it, Botes is actively bringing classical music to everyone for free through the new series the UA Brown Bag Concerts at Central, held Mondays at noon through the month of April.

The ever enticing Chiara String Quartet goes to the heart in their new recording of Brahms. By harkening to an old tradition of memorizing full scores the quartet explains the liberation of playing Brahms quartets and a quintet from memory in their new album titled Brahms by Heart.

Jura MargulisPianist and UA music professor Jura Margulis brings the long tradition of a house concert to the University of Arkansas when he presents a piano recital at the Honors College's Ozark Hall Apr. 3, 6 p.m. In today's program Margulis explains more about this tradition and how he put together a classical concert in Ozark Hall.
Laura AikinInternational soprano Laura Aikin has performed major roles in opera houses throughout the world. She presents an intimate song cycle concert with pianist Donald Sulzen for the John Harrison Opera Foundation Thursday, Apr. 3. As Aikin explains, such a concert -- without props, backdrops and elaborate costumes -- presents challenges that she tackles with her longtime accompanist Donald Sulzen.
The UA faculty brass quintet celebrates both brash and beautiful in their concert tonight at the Stella Boyle Smith concert hall. One of the newest members of the ensemble, trombonist Cory Mixdorf, stops by to talk all things brass on today's show.
The UA-Fayetteville wind ensemble the Lyric Quintet gets Latin tonight with Paquito D'Rivera's "Aires Tropicales." Find out why members Lia Uribe, bassoon, and Timothy Thompson, horn, are especially excited about performing this jazzy piece.
Johannes Brahms revolutionized the requiem form when he chose to set his in German using a Lutheran bible. Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Music Director Paul Haas elaborates on this piece and the upcoming SoNA performance of the game-changing work.
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers explains how now ubiquitous Vivaldi was nearly left in the dust bins. Meyers has a new recording out of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" played on the "Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu," a legendary violin that makes its recording debut on her new release.
Guitarist extraordinaire Jason Vieaux explores fast and slow traditional and modern in a juxtaposition of sounds for his new album Play.
The young Russian pianist Daniil Trifanov has taken the classical music world by storm ever since winning the both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions in 2011. He's now signed to Deutsche Grammophon and his first release with the label is his Carnegie Hall debut. Also a composer, Trifanov feels that performance and composition help each other out.