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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 2018

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

Oct 1 M Paul Dukas*: La Péri
Oct 2 T Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 11
Oct 3 W Aaron Copland: Duo for Flute and Piano
Oct 4 T Manuel Ponce: Concierto del Sur
Oct 5 F Eduard Franck*: Violin Sonata in E major

Oct 8 M Ludwig van Beethoven: “Moonlight” Sonata
Oct 9 T Einojuhani Rautavaara*: Suite for Strings
Oct 10 W George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in D major
Oct 11 T R. Nathaniel Dett*: In the Bottoms Suite
Oct 12 F Silvius Leopold Weiss*: Sonata No. 5 in G major

Oct 15 M Claude Debussy: La Mer
Oct 16 T Jan Dismas Zelenka*: Trio Sonata in F major
Oct 17 W Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1

Oct 18 – 24 Fall Membership Drive

Oct 25 T Joaquín Turina: Ritmos
Oct 26 F Dmitri Shostakovich: The Age of Gold

Oct 29 M Alexander Glazunov: Piano Concerto No. 2
Oct 30 T Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8; “Unfinished”
Oct 31 W Alan Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain

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

Oct 1 M Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 3
Oct 2 T Antonin Dvorák: Piano Quartet in D major
Oct 3 W Johann Friedrich Fasch: Overture in B flat major
Oct 4 T Joseph Holbrooke: Piano Concerto No. 1
Oct 5 F Ferdinand Ries: Symphony No. 4

Oct 8 M Bernard Molique*: String Quartet No. 1
Oct 9 T Giuseppe Verdi*: Verdiana
Oct 10 W Johann Baptist Vanhal: Violin Concerto in G major
Oct 11 T Sergei Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G minor
Oct 12 F Ralph Vaughan Williams*: Symphony No. 6

Oct 15 M Bernhard Henrik Crusell*: Clarinet Concerto No. 2
Oct 16 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Oct 17 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5

Oct 18 – 24 Fall Membership Drive

Oct 25 T Georges Bizet*: Symphony in C major
Oct 26 F Niccolò Paganini*: Violin Concerto No. 3

Oct 29 M Friedrich Gernsheim: Piano Quintet in B minor
Oct 30 T Meredith Willson: Symphony No. 2, “The Missions of California”
Oct 31 W Ludwig van Beethoven: “Ghost Trio”

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.