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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 - June '16

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO)

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

June 1 W Ernest Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1 (PACO)
June 2 T Edward Elgar*: Nursery Suite
June 3 F George Whitfield Chadwick: Tam O’Shanter

June 6 M Vincent Persichetti*: Symphony No. 4
June 7 T Camille Saint-Saëns: The Muse and The Poet
June 8 W Tomaso Albinoni*: Oboe Concerto in D minor
June 9 T Carl Nielsen*: Suite from Aladdin
June 10 F Igor Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments

June 13 M Joseph Haydn: Violin Concerto in C major (PACO)
June 14 T Léo Delibes: Act I from Sylvia
June 15 W Robert Russell Bennett*: Suite of Old American Dances
June 16 T Jean-Baptiste Brêval: Symphonie Concertante (PACO)
June 17 F Charles Gounod*: Ballet Music from Faust

June 20 M Gustav Holst: St. Paul’s Suite (PACO)
June 21 T Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach*: Symphony in C major
June 22 W Étienne-Nicolas Méhul*: Sonata in D major
June 23 T Carl Reinecke*: Trio in A minor
June 24 F Hugo Distler*: Variations on “Es ist ein Ros'”

June 27 M George Walker*: Folk Songs for Orchestra
June 28 T Napoléon Coste*: Marche Funèbre et Rondeau
June 29 W Ottorino Respighi: The Birds
June 30 T Georg Anton Benda*: Viola Concerto

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

June 1 W Mikhail Glinka*: Suite from Ruslan & Lyudmila
June 2 T Louis Spohr: Quintet No. 1
June 3 F Paul Wranitzky: Grande Sinfonie in C minor

June 6 M AramKhachaturian*: Piano Concerto
June 7 T Granville Bantock: Fifine At The Fair
June 8 W Robert Schumann*: Symphony No. 1
June 9 T AlbericMagnard*: Symphony No. 2
June 10 F Heinrich von Herzogenberg*: Violin Sonata No. 2

June 13 M Carlos Chavez*: String Quartet No. 2
June 14 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
June 15 W EdvardGrieg*: Piano Concerto in A minor
June 16 T AntoninDvorák: Symphony No. 7
June 17 F IgnazPleyel*: Octet in C major

June 20 M Joseph Martin Kraus*: Double Concerto for Viola & Cello
June 21 T Jacques Offenbach*: GaitéParisienne
June 22 W Hector Berlioz: Les Nuitsd’Été
June 23 T Ferdinand Ries: Piano Concerto in C sharp minor
June 24 F Johannes Brahms: Sextet No. 2

June 27 M Georg Philipp Telemann: Suite in A minor
June 28 T Joseph Joachim*: Violin Concerto No. 3
June 29 W Louis Glass: Summer Life
June 30 T Julius Rietz: Cello Concerto

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.