Of Note Episodes
Many folks might not know that Samuel Barber's famed Adagio for Strings was taken from his String Quartet, op. 11. That work, plus Dvorak's "American" quartet and Ginastera's "Impresiones de la Puna" are on the program to kick of the first concert of the KUAF Fulbright Summer Chamber Music Festival. Stephen Gates, festival organizer and cellist, stops by to discuss the program, which takes place 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Great Hall in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The concert, which is free and open to the public, does require registration due to limited seating. You may register online here.
UA music professor Jim Greeson recently released a documentary on Arkansas-born avant garde classical composer Conlon Nancarrow. Greeson discusses Nancarrow's influences, including Henry Cowell, J.S. Bach, and Stravinsky with host Katy Henriksen. They also discuss the philosophy of rhythm as harmony and the importance of counterpoint to Cowell's player piano compositions. For more of the discussion between Greeson and Henriksen, visit this "Ozarks at Large" archive.