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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 2018

Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918)

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

Aug 1 W Jerome Moross*: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Suite
Aug 2 T Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Idillio-Concertino for Oboe
Aug 3 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 1

Aug 6 M John Adams: Dr. Atomic Symphony
Aug 7 T Julián Orbon*: Tres Versiones Sinfóncas 
Aug 8 W Cécile Chaminade*: Études de Concert 
Aug 9 T Howard Hanson: Nymphs and Satyrs Ballet Suite 
Aug 10 F William Henry Fry*: Niagara Symphony

Aug 13 M John Ireland*: Concertino Pastorale
Aug 14 T Richard Wagner: Selections from Die Walküre
Aug 15 W Lukas Foss*: For Aaron
Aug 16 T Giovanni Paisiello: Piano Concerto No. 6
Aug 17 F César Franck: Symphonic Variations

Aug 20 M Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes from “Peter Grimes”
Aug 21 T George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Aug 22 W Claude Debussy*: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Aug 23 T Ralph Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody
Aug 24 F Leonard Bernstein*: Symphony No. 1; "Jeremiah

Aug 27 M Eric Coates*: London Suite
Aug 28 T Franz Liszt: Tasso
Aug 29 W Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in C major
Aug 30 T Jules Massenet: Orchestral Suite No. 1
Aug 31 F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet in B flat major; “The Hunt”

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

Aug 1 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony in C major, “Linz”
Aug 2 T Arthur Bliss*: Sonata for Violin & Piano
Aug 3 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

Aug 6 M Luigi Boccherini: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major
Aug 7 T Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3
Aug 8 W Friedrich Gernsheim: String Quartet in A minor
Aug 9 T Ottorino Respighi: Concerto a cinque
Aug 10 F Alexander Glazunov*: Symphony No. 2

Aug 13 M Georg Phillip Telemann: Overture in D minor
Aug 14 T Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major
Aug 15 W Jacques Ibert*: Suite Élisabéthaine
Aug 16 T Antonin Dvorák: Symphony No. 6 in D major
Aug 17 F Francois Boieldieu: Harp Concerto in C major

Aug 20 M Ernst Toch: Tanz Suite
Aug 21 T Sigismund Thalberg: Piano Concerto in F minor
Aug 22 W Claude Debussy*: La Boite à joujoux
Aug 23 T Johann Sebastian Bach: Oboe d’amore concerto in D major
Aug 24 F Leonard Bernstein*: Serenade for violin, strings, harp & percussion

Aug 27 M Alexey Shor: Seascapes
Aug 28 T Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Trio
Aug 29 W Erik Chisholm: Piano Concerto No. 2, “Hindustani”
Aug 30 T Alexander Grechaninov: Symphony No. 1
Aug 31 F Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 85, “The Queen”

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.