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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 - February 2017

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

Feb 1 W Victor Herbert*: Five Pieces for Cello and Strings
Feb 2 T Ulysses Kay: Suite from The Quiet One
Feb 3 F Felix Mendelssohn*: Sonata in B flat major

Feb 6 M Gary Powell Nash: In Memoriam: Sojourner Truth
Feb 7 T Wilhelm Stenhammar*: String Quartet No. 6
Feb 8 W Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3
Feb 9 T George Frideric Handel: Suite from Water Music
Feb 10 F Jerry Goldsmith*: Fireworks

Feb 13 M Fernando Sor*: Fantaisie Elegiaque
Feb 14 T Hector Berlioz: Love Scene from Roméo et Juliette
Feb 15 W John Adams*: Shaker Loops
Feb 16 T Jean Sibelius: En Saga
Feb 17 F Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 93

Feb 20 M Barbara Harbach: Symphony No. 10; "Symphony for Ferguson" 
Feb 21 T Léo Delibes*: Fête de la Cloche from Coppélia
Feb 22 W Frédéric Chopin*: Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major
Feb 23 T Franz Liszt: Les Préludes
Feb 24 F William Grant Still: Symphony No. 3

Feb 27 M C. Hubert H. Parry*: An English Suite
Feb 28 T Florence Price: Sonata in E minor

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

Feb 1 W Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
Feb 2 T Alexander Glazunov: Oriental Rhapsody
Feb 3 F Felix Mendelssohn*: Symphony No. 3

Feb 6 M Wilhelm Stenhammar*: Symphony No. 1
Feb 7 T Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 3
Feb 8 W Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2
Feb 9 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major
Feb 10 F Antonin Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor

Feb 13 M Jan Ladislav Dussek*: Piano Concerto in G minor
Feb 14 T Louis Spohr: Double Quartet No. 3
Feb 15 W Henrique Oswald: Piano Concerto in G minor
Feb 16 T Jan van Gilse: Symphony No. 4 in A major
Feb 17 F Henri Vieuxtemps*: Violin Concerto No. 1

Feb 20 M Carl Czerny*: Duo Concertante in G major
Feb 21 T Christian Sinding: Piano Concerto in D flat major
Feb 22 W Ignaz Pleyel: Symphonie Concertante in F major
Feb 23 T George Frideric Handel*: Organ Concerto No. 1
Feb 24 F Joao Domingos Bomtempo: Symphony No. 2

Feb 27 M Anton Reicha*: Woodwind Quintet, Op. 91, No. 2
Feb 28 T Jean Sibelius: Symphony 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.