Sunday Symphony

Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

KUAF 's classical music host, Katy Henriksen, brings you the grandest of symphonic works in full each Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. during KUAF's Sunday Symphony.

KUAF’s Sunday Symphony provides two and a half hours of full symphonic works. This allows for a wide variety of pieces from different classical periods.

This week will feature pieces such as Mahler's 7th symphony, a piece that musician Dika Newlin refers to as having “progressive tonality”; Richard Strauss's Don Quixote which is rich with its' cello solos among a full orchestral ensemble; and Brahms's "Variations on a Theme of Handel." a piece for the solo piano. Hear these pieces from 7:30 to 10p.m. on KUAF.

“The greatness of Shostakovich’s music lies beyond politics,” Maestro Andris Nelsons says. “It speaks to people whether they know the times he lived in or not.”

Shostakovich, as a Soviet composer, persisted under the scrutiny of Stalin's regime, producing extraordinary pieces that are timeless. Boston Symphony Orchestra continues their recording series of "Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow" with Symphonies 5, 8, and 9.  Catch highlights from this release from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on KUAF.

The Mass for the Feast of St. Isidore of Seville is a parody mass, based on a secular chanson rather than on a scriptural or liturgical text and a reconstruction of what may have been but was never historically performed as such. 

Hear it performed by Gabrieli Consort & Players on original instruments as the highlight in this week's Sunday Symphony program from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on KUAF.

Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5. Op. 107,  "Reformation," features hymns and other themes that would not normally be found in this type of work, inextricably tying it to the historical celebration that Mendelssohn originally composed it for. Despite its original intention the score was not released until after Mendelssohn’s death, categorized as one of five of his more mature symphonies. Hear a passionate rendering of this piece by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, led by Reinhard Seifried,  coming up from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on KUAF. 

This week's program includes a broadcast of the Fort Smith Chorale’s 35th annual spring concert “A European Tour," a performance that moves geographically through several European countries featuring artists such as Vaughn-Williams, Offenbach, Verdi, and Mendelssohn. Catch it in its entirety as the highlight of this week's program coming up from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on KUAF.