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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 - May 2017

Celebrate Monteverdi's 450th in May

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

May 1 M Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral
May 2 T Alessandro Scarlatti*: Sinfonia No. 12
May 3 W Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio in G major
May 4 T Josef Suk: Fantastic Scherzo
May 5 F Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata

May 8 M George Frideric Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
May 9 T Adolph von Henselt*: Études de Salon
May 10 W Jean-Marie Leclair*: Sonata in A major
May 11 T William Grant Still*: Ennanga
May 12 F Johann Baptist Vanhal*: Symphony in G major

May 15 M Claudio Monteverdi*: Lamento d’Arianna
May 16 T Joan Tower: Concerto for Orchestra
May 17 W Johann Sebastian Bach: Flute Sonata in E minor
May 18 T Karl Goldmark*: Overture from Prometheus Bound
May 19 F Gabriel Fauré: Cello Sonata in G minor

May 22 M Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien
May 23 T Edmund Rubbra*: Improvisations on Pieces by Giles Farnaby
May 24 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 12
May 25 T Léo Delibes: Suite from Coppélia
May 26 F Simon Mayr: Sextet

May 29 M Eric Wolfgang von Korngold*: Much Ado About Nothing
May 30 T Andrea Luchesi: Concerto in F major
May 31 W Marin Marais*: Suite in C major

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

May 1 M Hugo Alfven*: Symphony No. 3
May 2 T Ludwig August LeBrun*: Oboe Concerto No. 6
May 3 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat major, “Archduke”
May 4 T Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek*: Symphony No. 2, “Ironic”
May 5 F Johannes Brahms*: Concerto for Violin & Cello

May 8 M Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky*: Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian”
May 9 T Leopold Kozeluch: Piano Concerto No. 1
May 10 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 39
May 11 T Gabriel Fauré*: Piano Quartet in G minor
May 12 F Giovanni Battista Viotti*: Violin Concerto No. 23

May 15 M Lars-Erik Larsson: God in Disguise
May 16 T Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 2
May 17 W Don Gillis: Portrait of a Frontier Town
May 18 T Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
May 19 F Aaron Copland: Rodeo

May 22 M Richard Wagner*: “Tristan und Isolde” Symphonic Synthesis
May 23 T Ignaz Moscheles*: Piano Concerto No. 2
May 24 W Ferdinand Ries: Symphony No. 4
May 25 T Ernest Chausson: Concerto for Violin, Piano & String Quartet
May 26 F Joachim Raff*: Symphony No. 10, “In Autumn”

May 29 M Isaac Albéniz*: Selections from Iberia
May 30 T Henry Litolff: Trio in D minor
May 31 W Anton Rubinstein: Eroica Fantasia

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.