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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 2018

Classical Music In May

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

May 1 T William Lawes*: Royal Consort Sett No. 9
May 2 W Jacques Ibert: Concertino da Camera
May 3 T Ernest Bloch: Schelomo
May 4 F Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104

May 7 M Johannes Brahms*: Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118
May 8 T Carl Stamitz*: Symphony in E minor
May 9 W Giovanni Paisiello*: Harmoniemusik from “The Barber of Seville”
May 10 T Hugo Alfvén: Midsummer Vigil
May 11 F Anatole Liadov*: Eight Russian Folk Songs

May 14 M Richard Strauss: Josephslegende
May 15 T Lars-Erik Larsson*: Concertino for Violin and Orchestra
May 16 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet in B flat major
May 17 T Erik Satie*: Trois Morceau en forme de poire
May 18 F Johann Jacob Froberger*: Suite IV in C major

May 21 M Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat major
May 22 T Claude Debussy: Printemps
May 23 W Andrea Luchesi*: Overture to Le Donne Sempre Donne
May 24 T Louis-François Dauprat*: Horn Sonata
May 25 F Anton Webern: Im Sommerwind

May 28 M Margaret Buechner*: The Flight of the American Eagle
May 29 T Isaac Albeniz*: Piano Sonata No. 5
May 30 W Walter Piston: The Incredible Flutist
May 31 T Marin Marais*: Suite from Alcyone

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

May 1 T Hugo Alfven*: “Dalarapsodi”
May 2 W Ludwig LeBrun* Oboe Concerto No. 2
May 3 T Ferdinand Ries: Piano Quartet in E flat major
May 4 F Emil Reznicek*: Symphony No. 5, “Dance Symphony”

May 7 M Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky*: Piano Concerto No. 1
May 8 T Jules Massenet: Suite No. 1
May 9 W Erno von Dohnanyi: Violin Concerto No. 2
May 10 T Arnold Bax: Symphony No. 6
May 11 F William Grant Still*: The Sunday Symphony

May 14 M Giovanni Battista Viotti: Violin Concerto No. 13
May 15 T Antonin Reicha: Quintet in C major
May 16 W Enrique Granados: Dante
May 17 T Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Clarinet Quartet in E flat major
May 18 F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26

May 21 M Erik Chisholm: Piano Concerto No. 1, “Piobaireachd”
May 22 T Richard Wagner*: Orchestral selections from Parsifal
May 23 W Ignaz Moscheles*: Piano Concerto
May 24 T Georges Onslow: String Quintet No. 10
May 25 F Sergei Taneyev: Symphony No. 4

May 28 M Joachim Raff*: Symphony No. 3, “In The Forest”
May 29 T Erich Korngold*: Symphony in F sharp major
May 30 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento No. 17 in D major
May 31 T Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

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.