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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 - January 2017

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

Jan 2 M Richard Wagner: Overture to The Flying Dutchman
Jan 3 T Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from Sleeping Beauty
Jan 4 W Johannes Brahms: Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76
Jan 5 T Maurice Ravel: Concerto for the Left Hand
Jan 6 F Max Bruch*: Violin Concerto No. 1

Jan 9 M John Knowles Paine*: Larghetto & Humoreske
Jan 10 T Charles Ives: Three Places in New England
Jan 11 W Sergei Prokofiev: Suite No. 3 from Romeo and Juliet
Jan 12 T Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari*: Idillio-Concertino
Jan 13 F Igor Stravinsky: Four Norwegian Moods

Jan 16 M Ludwig van Beethoven: ‘Eroica’ Variations
Jan 17 T François-Joseph Gossec*: Symphony in B flat major
Jan 18 W Frederick Delius: Brigg Fair
Jan 19 T Jean-Baptiste Lully: Suite from Alceste 
Jan 20 F Walter Piston*: Symphony No. 4

Jan 23 M Muzio Clementi*: Sonata in D minor
Jan 24 T E. T. A. Hoffmann*: Symphony in E flat major
Jan 25 W Alfred Reed*: Music for Twelfth Night
Jan 26 T Richard Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
Jan 27 F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in B flat major

Jan 30 M Charles Martin Loeffler*: Ballade Carnavalesque
Jan 31 T Franz Schubert*: Symphony No. 8

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

Jan 2 M Max Bruch*: Scottish Fantasy
Jan 3 T Aaron Tippett*: Concerto for Double String Orchestra
Jan 4 W Josef Suk*: Pohadka
Jan 5 T Nikolai Medtner*: Piano Concerto No. 3
Jan 6 F Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Septet in D minor

Jan 9 M Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 in A major
Jan 10 T Sigismund Thalberg*: Piano Concerto No. 3
Jan 11 W Gang Chen & Zhanhao He: The Butterfly Lovers
Jan 12 T Karl Goldmark: Violin Concerto in A Minor
Jan 13 F Christoph Graupner*: Overture in D major Jan 16

M Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
Jan 17 T Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in B major
Jan 18 W Giovanni S. Mayr: Bagatelle for Flute, Clarinet & Bassett Horn
Jan 19 T Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No. 3
Jan 20 F Ernest Chausson*: Symphonie, Op. 20

Jan 23 M Friedrich Kiel: Piano Concerto in B flat major
Jan 24 T Hugo Alfven: Symphony No. 1
Jan 25 W Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2
Jan 26 T Eduard Lalo*: Cello Concerto
Jan 27 F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart*: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

Jan 30 M John Tavener*: The Last Sleep of The Virgin 
Jan 31 T Franz Schubert*: Quintet in A major, “The Trout”

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.