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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 - April 2017

Music in April

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

Apr 3 M Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24
Apr 4 T Giacomo Meyerbeer: Overture to Dinorah
Apr 5 W Albert Roussel*: Rustiques

Apr 6-12 Spring Membership Drive

Apr 13 T Félicien David*: Piano Trio No. 2
Apr 14 F Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 49

Apr 17 M Johann David Heinichen*: Concerto in F major
Apr 18 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Horn Sonata
Apr 19 W Jean-Philippe Rameau: Abaris ou les Boréades
Apr 20 T Maurice Ravel: Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose)
Apr 21 F Serge Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1; “Classical”

Apr 24 M Charles Ives: String Quartet No. 1
Apr 25 T Franz Shreker: Prelude to Die Gezeichneten
Apr 26 W Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony in A major
Apr 27 T Hyacinthe Jadin*: String Quartet in B flat major
Apr 28 F Johann Peter Pixis: Concertino in E flat major

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

Apr 3 M Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco*: Piano Concerto No. 2
Apr 4 T Richard Strauss: Symphonia Domestica
Apr 5 W Louis Spohr*: Violin Concerto No. 5

Apr 6-12 Spring Membership Drive

Apr 13 T William Sterndale Bennett*: Piano Concerto No. 4
Apr 14 F Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Apr 17 M Johannes van Bree: Grand Quartet No. 3
Apr 18 T Miklos Rozsa*: Sinfonia Concertante
Apr 19 W Antonin Dvorák: Piano Quintet Op. 5
Apr 20 T Nicolai Myaskovsky*: Symphony No. 25
Apr 21 F Sergei Prokofiev*: Symphony No. 7

Apr 24 M Louis Glass: Forest Symphony
Apr 25 T Charles Villiers Stanford: Suite for Violin & Orchestra
Apr 26 W Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Apr 27 T Andreas Romberg*: Flute Quintet No. 1
Apr 28 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6

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.