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Each weekday on JPR's Classics & News Service, we shine the spotlight on a pair of pieces we've chosen as "Featured Works." Tune in at 9am during First Concert and 2pm during Siskiyou Music to hear a bit of background on the pieces and composers, as well as commentary on important dates in classical music history.

Featured Works - April '16

In Nature's Realm

Featured Works for April – First Concert
(*Indicates April birthday)

Apr 1 F April Fool’s Day Special

Apr 4 M Ernest Chausson*: Poème

Apr 5 - 12 Spring Membership Drive

Apr 13 W William Sterndale Bennett*: Piano Concerto No. 1
Apr 14 T Roy Harris: Symphony No. 6, “Gettysburg”
Apr 15 F Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio No. 23

Apr 18 M Felix Blumenfeld*: Allegro de Concert in A major
Apr 19 T Germaine Tailleferre*: Concertino for Harp and Orchestra
Apr 20 W Marinus De Jong: Horn Concerto
Apr 21 T Claude Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp
Apr 22 F Johann Sebastian Bach: Overture in D major

Apr 25 M Sergei Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 1
Apr 26 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 1
Apr 27 W George Frideric Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Apr 28 T Antonín Dvorák: In Nature’s Realm
Apr 29 F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Sonata in B flat major

Featured Works for April – Siskiyou Music Hall
(*Indicates April birthday)

Apr 1 W Sergei Rachmaninoff*: Piano Concerto No. 2

Apr 4 M Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco*: Violin Concerto No. 2, “The Prophets”

Apr 5 - 12 Spring Membership Drive

Apr 13 W Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto in D major
Apr 14 T Joaquin Rodrigo: Soleriana
Apr 15 F Johann Friedrich Fasch*: Overture-Suite in D major

Apr 18 M Miklos Rozsa*: Violin Concerto
Apr 19 T Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 76
Apr 20 W Eduard Franck: Piano Trio in D major
Apr 21 T Eyvind Alnaes: Piano Concerto in D major
Apr 22 F Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor

Apr 25 M Joachim Eggert: Symphony No. 2
Apr 26 T Johannes Brahms/Arnold Schoenberg: Piano Quartet No. 1
Apr 27 W Andreas Romberg*: Flute Quintet No. 2
Apr 28 T Richard Wagner: Symphony in C major
Apr 29 F Duke Ellington*: Suite from “The River”

Don Matthews received a B.A. in Music from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters in Vocal Performance from USC. He performed as a member of the San Francisco Opera chorus for three seasons.  He moved to Boston to study and became involved in radio, working at both WBUR and WGBH, where he was a producer for Robert J. Lurtsema.