Symphony Night

Monday evenings at 7 on KNAU Classical

Celebrating 100 years of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The year is 1919. Oregon has just initiated the nation’s first gasoline tax. The Grand Canyon became a national park. Gustav Holst took the wraps off The Planets and the Los Angeles Philharmonic gave its first concerts.

Maybe it is a “west coast” thing, but the upstart orchestra has long cultivated a reputation as forward-thinking, adventurous and something of a rebel. Associations with composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg, both Angelinos by the forties, helped establish the orchestra as something of an incubator for new music. Over the years the philharmonic has commissioned or co‑commissioned more than 60 works and performed nearly 60 world premieres.

This centennial season of the LA Phil demonstrates that spirit with “First” performances by John Adams, Unsuk Chin and Andrew Norman, as well as recent pieces by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Michael Tilson‑Thomas.

We’ll also have favorites (they still don’t call them “war horses,” do they?) including Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, the Jupiter Symphony by Mozart, Debussy’s La Mer and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

Innovative programming, world-class soloists and the WFMT Radio network combine for an exciting and too-short season. Tune in during January and February for highlights of the 100th anniversary season of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Monday evenings at 7 on “Symphony Night” on Classical KNAU and streaming online at

A complete listing of broadcasts can be found here.