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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 2018

Britt Orchestra Returns!

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

July 2 M Christoph Willibald von Gluck*: Selections from Don Juan
July 3 T Leos Janácek*: Lachian Dances
July 4 W Leonard Bernstein: On the Waterfront
July 5 T Paul Ben-Haim*: Pastorale Variée for Clarinet
July 6 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17; “The Tempest”

July 9 M David Diamond*: Suite from the Ballet “Tom”
July 10 T Henryk Wieniawski*: Fantaisie Brillante on Gounod’s “Faust”
July 11 W Georg Philipp Telemann: Paris Quartet No. 3
July 12 T Salomon Jadassohn: Symphony No. 1
July 13 F George Gershwin: An American in Paris (Britt 2017)

July 16 M Georges Bizet: Dramatic Overture “Patrie”
July 17 T George Frideric Handel: Suite from “Water Music”
July 18 W Julius Fucik*: Winterstürme
July 19 T Peggy Stuart Coolidge*: Spirituals in Sunshine and Shadow
July 20 F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 35; “Haffner” (Britt 2017)

July 23 M Franz Berwald*: Duo in B flat major
July 24 T Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (Britt 2017)
July 25 W Aaron Copland: Prairie Journal
July 26 T Francesco Cilea*: Cello Sonata in D major
July 27 F Igor Stravinsky: The Song of the Nightingale (Britt 2017)

July 30 M Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in C major
July 31 T Edvard Grieg: Norwegian Dances

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

July 2 M Louis Spohr: Symphony No. 4, “The Consecration of Sounds”
July 3 T Franz Schubert: Trio in E flat major
July 4 W Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto
July 5 T Josef Holbrooke*: Piano Concerto No. 1
July 6 F Percy Grainger*: In a Nutshell Suite

July 9 M Ottorino Respighi*: Sinfonia Drammatica
July 10 T Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
July 11 W Friedrich Kalkbrenner: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor
July 12 T Anton Arensky*: String Quartet No. 2
July 13 F Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 (Britt 2017)

July 16 M Anton Reicha: Woodwind Quintet in F major
July 17 T Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
July 18 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 39
July 19 T Ignaz Pleyel: Octet in C major
July 20 F Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto (Britt 2017)

July 23 M Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 (Britt 2017)
July 24 T Hans Kossler: String Sextet in F minor
July 25 W Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (Britt 2017)
July 26 T John Field*: Piano Concerto No. 7
July 27 F Mauro Giuliani*: Guitar Concerto in A major

July 30 M Felix Otto Dessoff: String Quartet in F major
July 31 T Sergei Prokofiev: Violin 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.