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.

Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez leads the New Orchestra of Washington in their recent recording of Klaus Simon’s arrangement of Mahler’s 4th symphony. The performance embraces the chamber-like qualities of Simon’s arrangement for chamber orchestra, lending an impressive level of intimacy to this epic work. Join us to hear this piece and more on this week’s Sunday Symphony.

Charles-François Gounod only wrote two symphonies, both of which are often overshadowed by the composer’s more famous operas and his well-known Ave Maria. But the beautiful symphonies both hearken to earlier masters, the first to Haydn and the second to Beethoven, while still embodying Gounod’s signature style. On tonight’s Sunday Symphony, hear Gounod’s 2nd and final symphony in a performance by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, led by Neville Marriner.  

Franz Schubert’s 4th symphony is perhaps the most serious of his first six, named “Tragic” by the composer himself. But serious as it may be, at times it still leaps with excitement and rapid surges of elation. On this week’s Sunday Symphony, join us as we explore this zealous piece and much more.  

Bruno Walter was one of the world’s most exciting conductors, concerning himself mostly with a performance’s level of intensity rather than its technical precision and reimagining scores as if they were being played for the first time. His visionary methods quickly earned him fame and a place among the most prolific musicians of his day. This week’s Sunday Symphony will explore Walter’s powerful interpretation of the original, unedited score of Bruckner’s 9th symphony, along with much more.

The opening concert of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, scheduled for November 7th, is all about celebrating the masters. The performance will include pieces by Fauré and Dvořák, as well as a piece Brahms wrote as a tribute to another master, “Variations on a Theme by Haydn.” On this week’s Sunday Symphony, join us for a recording of this piece by the Philadelphia Orchestra, along with the Monteverdi Choir’s performance of one of Haydn’s own great works, “The Creation.”