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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 - October 2017

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JPR Classics & News Service - Great Music For Cooler Days And Shorter Nights

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

Oct 2 M Johann Peter Pixis: Piano Concertino
Oct 3 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Consecration of the House Overture
Oct 4 W Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
Oct 5 T Eduard Franck*: Cello Sonata in F major
Oct 6 F Karol Szymanowski*: Variations on a Polish Folk-Theme

Oct 9 M Johann Wilhelm Hertel*: Bassoon Concerto in A minor
Oct 10 T Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 1
Oct 11 W George Frideric Handel: The King Shall Rejoice
Oct 12 T Ralph Vaughan Williams*: In the Fen Country
Oct 13 F Alexander Grechaninov*: Out in the Open

Oct 16 M Franz Doppler*: Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise
Oct 17 T Herbert Howells*: Violin Sonata No. 1
Oct 18 W Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings 

Oct 19 – 25 Fall Membership Drive

Oct 26 T Antonín Dvorák: The Golden Spinning Wheel
Oct 27 F Johann Gottlieb Graun*: Concerto for Viola da Gamba

Oct 30 M Peter Warlock*: Capriol Suite
Oct 31 T Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 4

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

Oct 2 M Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2
Oct 3 T Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto Italiano
Oct 4 W Gustav Jenner: Trio for Clarinet, Horn & Piano
Oct 5 T Ferdinand Ries: Symphony No. 1
Oct 6 F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20

Oct 9 M Giuseppe Verdi*: Ballet music from I Vespri Siciliani 
Oct 10 T Georges Onslow: Symphony No. 2
Oct 11 W Antonín Dvorák: Serenade for Strings
Oct 12 T Ralph Vaughan Williams*: String Quartet No. 1
Oct 13 F Joachim Eggert: Symphony No. 4

Oct 16 M Jan Dismas Zelenka*: Symphony Concertante in A minor
Oct 17 T Emilie Mayer: Piano Trio in D major
Oct 18 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto 

Oct 19 – Oct 25 Fall Membership Drive

Oct 26 T Louis Spohr: Symphony No. 1
Oct 27 F Nicolo Paganini*: Violin Concerto No. 1

Oct 30 M Julius Benedict: Piano Concerto in E flat major
Oct 31 T Franz Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, “Death and the Maiden”

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.