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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 - August 2017

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

Aug 1 T Jerome Moross*: Suite from The Cardinal
Aug 2 W Christoph Willibald Gluck: Selections from Orphée et Eurydice
Aug 3 T Gioachino Rossini: Overture to William Tell
Aug 4 F Jan Dismas Zelenka: Capriccio No. 1

Aug 7 M Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1
Aug 8 T Francis Poulenc: Suite from Les Animaux Modèles
Aug 9 W Reynaldo Hahn*: Divertissement pour une fête de nuit
Aug 10 T Alexander Glazunov*: Le Chant du Destin
Aug 11 F Leonard Bernstein*: Suite from On the Waterfront

Aug 14 M Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor
Aug 15 T Lukas Foss*: Piano Concerto No. 1
Aug 16 W Antonio Rosetti: Oboe Concerto in C major
Aug 17 T Johann Kaspar Mertz*: Waltzes for Guitar
Aug 18 F Benjamin Godard*: Suite for Flute and Orchestra

Aug 21 M Lili Boulanger*: D’un Soir Triste
Aug 22 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 1
Aug 23 W Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite from Les Indes Galantes
Aug 24 T Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda: Introduction & Variations for Clarinet & Orchestra
Aug 25 F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major

Aug 28 M Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
Aug 29 T Giovanni Battista Sammartini: Flute Concerto in G major
Aug 30 W Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 44
Aug 31 T Jean-Marie Leclair: Violin Sonata in D major

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

Aug 1 T Hans Rott*: Symphony in E major
Aug 2 W Arthur Bliss*: Oboe Quintet
Aug 3 T Johann Friedrich Fasch: Overture Grosso in D major
Aug 4 F Antonin Dvorák: String Quartet in F major, “American”

Aug 7 M Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Mozartiana Suite
Aug 8 T Granville Bantock*: Pagan Symphony
Aug 9 W Carl Czerny: String Quartet in E minor
Aug 10 T Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”
Aug 11 F Hakon Borresen: Violin Concerto in G major

Aug 14 M Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6
Aug 15 T Jacques Ibert*: Flute Concerto
Aug 16 W Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 1
Aug 17 T Nicola Porpora*: Cello Concerto in G major
Aug 18 F Antonio Salieri*: Oboe Concerto in C major

Aug 21 M Muzio Clementi: Symphony No. 3
Aug 22 T Claude Debussy*: La Boite à Joujoux
Aug 23 W Henri Herz: Piano Concerto No. 3
Aug 24 T Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4
Aug 25 F Leonard Bernstein*: Symphony No. 1, “Jeremiah”

Aug 28 M Rebecca Clarke*: Viola Sonata
Aug 29 T George Gershwin: Blue Monday
Aug 30 W Louis Theodore Gouvy: Symphony No. 1
Aug 31 T Hans Kossler: String Quintet in D minor

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.