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.

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.

Leonard Bernstein's highly unconventional Mass was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy in memory of slain President Kennedy and was premiered in 1971 at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Catch this "theatre piece for singers, players and dancers" in its entirety on Sunday's program coming up from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on KUAF.

Catch late romantic Russian extravagance in Reinhold Gliere's fantastical symphony no. 3, "Ilya Muromets," in its entirety as the highlight for this week's KUAF Sunday Symphony program from 7:30 - 10 p.m. 

British composer Edward Elgar once stated in a lecture "I hold that the symphony without a programme is the highest development of art." Hear his first symphony in a new recording from Daniel Barenboim leading the Staatskapelle Berlin. That's Sunday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. for two and a half hours of full symphonic works.