Symphony Night

Monday evenings at 7 on KNAU Classical

Los Angeles Philharmonic Broadcasts Return to Classical KNAU

Symphony Night continues this spring with a great season of concerts by the world-renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic beginning April 4 at 7pm.

Ordinarily, we’d say a “new season” but because most orchestral performances last year were cancelled because of the pandemic, we’ll head back into the archives for LA Phil’s 2019 season, which they’ve generously made available. For very good reason.

Seven world-premiere performances of LA Phil-commissioned works.  A galaxy of guest conductors and soloists including Zubin Mehta, Susanna Mälkki, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yefim Bronfman and Yuja Wang. Orchestral favorites such as Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and the first two symphonies by Brahms. Plus, an all-Stravinsky program.

Great classical music to make staying home a bit more enjoyable.  Symphony Night on Classical KNAU Monday evenings at seven. Streaming and complete program information at our website KNAU.org.

A complete listing of the LA Phil season can be found here.

Coming July 2021...

San Francisco Symphony Returns to KNAU Monday Nights.

No, it isn’t déjà vu, we’re repeating a season of the San Francisco Symphony on Symphony Night for musical reasons as well as practical ones.  Given that we lost more than a year of live performances because of Covid, we’ll go back to 2019 for some of Michael Tilson Thomas’ final appearances with the SFS. He is now the orchestra’s first Music Director Laureate as Esa-Pekka Salonen has taken over as the current SFS Music Director.

The series opens Monday evening the 5th with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6., the so-called “Tragic” symphony, although it was composed at what was generally a happy time in the composer’s life.

In coming weeks we’ll hear a mostly-Stravinsky program (July 19th), another mostly-Mahler program (August 23rd) and compositions from familiar composers as well as some not-so-familiar.

The new season features a number of top-shelf guest pianists as well.

Leif Ove Andsnes plays Mozart, Emanual Ax offers a Beethoven concerto and we’ll have Jean-Yves Thibaudet with Tango Manos by contemporary American composer Aaron Zigman. Oh, and Daniil Trifonov playing Rachmaninov’s 4th Piano Concerto.

Complete listings here.

What better way to spend a warm summer evening in Northern Arizona than with great music on Symphony Night and the San Francisco Orchestra. Monday evenings at 7 on Classical KNAU and streaming online at KNAU.org