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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 - July 2017

Britt Orchestra Premieres Michael Gordon's "Natural History" at Crater Lake

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

July 3 M Philippe Gaubert*: Trois aquarelles
July 4 T Aaron Copland: Canticles of Freedom
July 5 W Joseph Haydn: Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major
July 6 T Gaetano Donizetti: String Quartet No. 15 in F major
July 7 F Gustav Mahler*: Totenfeier

July 10 M Henryk Wieniawski*: Violin Concerto No. 2
July 11 T Johann Sebastian Bach: French Suite No. 4
July 12 W George Butterworth*: Suite for Strings
July 13 T François-Joseph Gossec: Symphonie à 17 parties
July 14 F Gerald Finzi*: Five Bagatelles

July 17 M Peter Schickele*: String Quartet No. 1; “American Dreams”
July 18 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21; “Waldstein”
July 19 W George Frideric Handel: Overture to Il pastor fido
July 20 T Jean Sibelius: The Wood-nymph
July 21 F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 14

July 24 M Ernest Bloch*: Baal Shem
July 25 T Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 11 in E major
July 26 W Franz Xaver Mozart*: Cello Sonata
July 27 T Enrique Granados*: Suite Oriental
July 28 F Michael Gordon: Natural History (Britt Festival 2016)

July 31 M Franz Liszt*: Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude

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

July 3 M Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
July 4 T Victor Herbert: Columbus Suite
July 5 W Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No. 2
July 6 T Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 96, “Miracle”
July 7 F Miklos Rozsa: Violin Concerto, Op. 24

July 10 M Gioachino Rossini: La Boutique Fantasque
July 11 T Christoph Ernst Weyse: Symphony No. 7
July 12 W Luigi Cherubini: String Quartet No. 5
July 13 T Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 3
July 14 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1

July 17 M George Frideric Handel: Water Music
July 18 T Bernhard Molique: String Quartet No. 1
July 19 W Alan Hovhaness: City of Light
July 20 T Antonin Dvorak: Violin Concerto
July 21 F Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2

July 24 M Franz Berwald*: Piano Trio in C major
July 25 T Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40
July 26 W John Field*: Piano Concerto No. 6
July 27 T Mauro Giuliani*: Guitar Concerto No. 1
July 28 F Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Britt Festival 2016)

July 31 M Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie

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.