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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 - August '16

Britt Orchestra under Teddy Abrams

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

Aug 1 M Jerome Moross*: Symphony No. 1
Aug 2 T Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Britt 2015)
Aug 3 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Sonata in F major
Aug 4 T Samuel Barber: Second Essay (Britt 2015)
Aug 5 F Leonardo Leo*: Concerto for Four Violins

Aug 8 M Cécile Chaminade*: Piano Sonata
Aug 9 T Reynaldo Hahn*: Concerto Provençal
Aug 10 W William Henry Frye*: Niagara Symphony
Aug 11 T Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2
Aug 12 F Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber*: Violin Sonata No. 84

Aug 15 M Lukas Foss*: Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Aug 16 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27
Aug 17 W Richard Wagner: Funeral Music and Final Scene from Götterdämmerung
Aug 18 T Antonio Salieri*: Concerto in C major
Aug 19 F Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story" 

Aug 22 M Alexander Campbell Mackenzie*: Pibroch
Aug 23 T Ralph Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody
Aug 24 W Stephen Paulus*: I Have Called You By Name
Aug 25 T Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Piano Concerto
Aug 26 F Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Quintet

Aug 29 M Johannes Brahms: Trio No. 2
Aug 30 T David Maslanka*: In Memoriam
Aug 31 W Amilcare Ponchielli*: Capriccio for Oboe and Orchestra

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

August 1 M Claude Debussy: Jeux (Britt 2015)
August 2 T Arthur Bliss*: String Quartet No. 1
August 3 W Maurice Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe Suite No. 2 (Britt 2015)
August 4 T Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 2
August 5 F Alexander Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy (Britt 2015)

August 8 M Granville Bantock: Hebridean Symphony
August 9 T Friedrich Kalkbrenner: Piano Concerto No. 4
August 10 W Alexander Glazunov*: Symphony No. 2
August 11 T Federigo Fiorillo: Violin Concerto No. 1 in F major
August 12 F Robert Schumann: String Quartet in A major

August 15 M Jacques Ibert*: Suite Elisabethaine
August 16 T Franz Krommer: Partita in E flat major
August 17 W Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances
August 18 T Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet in A major
August 19 F Luigi Cherubini: Symphony in D major

August 22 M Claude Debussy*: La Mer
August 23 T Franz Anton Hoffmeister: Concerto for 2 Clarinets
August 24 W Ignaz Pleyel: Symphony in C minor
August 25 T Leonard Bernstein*: Serenade
August 26 F Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No. 5

August 29 M Karl Goldmark: Rustic Wedding Symphony
August 30 T Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2
August 31 F Franz Liszt: Grande Fantaisie Symphonique on themes from Lelio

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.