Symphony Night

Monday evenings at 7 on KNAU Classical

The San Francisco Symphony opens a new season of broadcasts. You can relive their 2018-19 season this summer on KNAU’s Symphony Night.

On the podium, returning for what was probably his final season with the SFS*, is Michael Tilson‑Thomas. The versatile conductor, pianist and composer has again curated an eclectic calendar: a mix of familiar (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6) and under‑performed works (Barber’s first symphony), plus a world premier by the American Steven Mackey and MTT’s own From the Diary of Anne Frank.

The season begins with the first of two all‑Stravinsky programs. Leading the broadcast is 1934’s Persephone, his rarely-performed musical work for speaker, solo singers, chorus, dancers and orchestra. Concluding the program is the suite from Stravinsky’s 1910 masterpiece The Firebird. The following week, June 15, we’ll have two more Stravinsky ballets, Petroushka and Le Sacre du printemps, plus the Violin Concerto with soloist Leonidas Kavakos.

Complete listings are posted here.

Symphony Night is a showcase for broadcasts by America’s finest orchestras. Most of these broadcasts are made possible by the WFMT Radio Network. Symphony Night is heard Monday evenings at seven on the stations of Classical KNAU and available online at

*2019-20 was cancelled. Esa-pekka Salonen has been named Music Director for the 2020-21 season as MTT moves to emeritus status after 23 seasons.