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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 - May '16

Keith Emerson 11/2/44 - 3/10/16

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

May 2 M Henry Purcell: Suite from"The Fairey Queen"
May 3 T Francis Poulenc: Concert Champêtre
May 4 W Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104
May 5 T Franz Schubert: Violin Sonata in D major
May 6 F Johannes Brahms*: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

May 9 M Giovanni Paisiello*: Harmoniemusikfür “Il BarbierediSiviglia”
May 10 T Richard Strauss: Overture to Guntram 
May 11 W AnatoleLiadov*: Variations on a Theme by Glinka
May 12 T Gabriel Fauré*: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
May 13 F Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony

May 16 M Lars-Erik Larsson*: Barococo Suite for Orchestra
May 17 T Erik Satie*: Six Gnossiennes
May 18 W Keith Emerson: Piano Concerto No. 1
May 19 T Arthur Meulemans*: Horn Concerto
May 20 F Mikhail Glinka*: Trio Pathétique

May 23 M Jean Françaix*: L’Horloge de Flore
May 24 T Louis-FrançoisDauprat*: Horn Sonata in F major
May 25 W Anton Webern: ImSommerwind
May 26 T Aaron Copland: Music for a Great City
May 27 F Charles Villiers Stanford: Irish Rhapsody

May 30 M William Clifford Heilman: Piano Trio
May 31 T Marin Marais*: Suite from “Alcyone”

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

May 2 M Ludwig August LeBrun*: Oboe Concerto No. 5
May 3 T AntoninDvorák: Piano Quintet in A major
May 4 W Emi Nikolaus von Reznicek*: Symphony No. 2, “Ironic”
May 5 T JozefWieniawski: Sonata for Violin & Piano in D minor
May 6 F Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1

May 9 M Carl Stamitz*: Clarinet Concerto in B flat major
May 10 T Jean-Marie Leclair*: Violin Concerto No. 6
May 11 W William Grant Still*: Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American”
May 12 T Johann Baptist Vanhal*: Violin Concerto in G major
May 13 F Jean Sibelius: “Everyman”

May 16 M Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 2 in A major
May 17 T Eugene Zador: “Variations on a Hungarian Folksong”
May 18 W Karl Goldmark*: String Quintet in A minor
May 19 T Christoph Ernst Weyse: Symphony No. 7
May 20 F ZygmuntStojowski: Piano Concerto No. 2

May 23 M IgnazMoscheles*: Piano Concerto No. 2
May 24 T GeirrTveitt: “Wedding Suite”
May 25 W Ernst von Gemmingen: Violin Concerto No. 4
May 26 T PiotrIlyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
May 27 F JoaquimRaff*: Symphony No. 10, “In Autumn”

May 30 M Erich Wolfgang Korngold*: Symphony in F major
May 31 T Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2

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.