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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 - November 2018

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

Nov 1 T Hyacinthe Jadin: String Quartet in F minor
Nov 2 F Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Nov 5 M Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Nov 6 T John Philip Sousa*: Tales of a Traveler
Nov 7 W William Alwyn*: Pastoral Fantasia
Nov 8 T Friedrich Kalkbrenner*: Piano Sonata in G major
Nov 9 F François Couperin*: Quatrième Concert

Nov 12 M Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Hamlet
Nov 13 T George Whitefield Chadwick*: String Quartet No. 1
Nov 14 W Leopold Mozart*: Symphony in F major
Nov 15 T Jacques Offenbach: Selections from Gaîte Parisienne
Nov 16 F Anton Rubinstein*: Overture to “Dmitry Donskoy”

Nov 19 M Henri Vieuxtemps: Fantaisie Caprice
Nov 20 T Aaron Copland: Music for the Theatre
Nov 21 W Sigfrid Karg-Elert*: Impressions exotiques
Nov 22 T Wilhelm Fridemann Bach*: Sinfonia in F major
Nov 23 F Manuel de Falla*: Homenajes

Nov 26 M Robert Schumann: Violin Concerto
Nov 27 T Charles Koechlin*: Trio d’anches
Nov 28 W Ferdinand Ries*: Symphony No. 2
Nov 29 T Gaetano Donizetti*: String Quartet No. 14
Nov 30 F Christoph Förster*: Horn Concerto

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

Nov 1 T Anton Bruckner: String Quintet in F major
Nov 2 F Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf*: Sinfonia in E flat major

Nov 5 M Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor
Nov 6 T Don Gillis: Symphony No. 6, “Mid-Century USA”
Nov 7 W Joseph Boulogne: Violin Concerto in A major
Nov 8 T Arnold Bax*: Symphony No. 3
Nov 9 F Antonin Dvorak: Piano Concerto in G minor

Nov 12 M Alexander Borodin*: Symphony No. 2
Nov 13 T José Vianna da Motta: Fantasia Dramatica 
Nov 14 W Johann Nepomuk Hummel*: Piano Concerto in B minor
Nov 15 T Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14
Nov 16 F Juan Arriaga: Symphony in D major

Nov 19 M Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov*: Caucasian Sketches
Nov 20 T Alberic Magnard: Symphony No. 4
Nov 21 W Richard Strauss: Violin Sonata in E flat major
Nov 22 T Joaquin Rodrigo*: Concierto Para Una Fiesta
Nov 23 F Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 6

Nov 26 M Virgil Thomson*: The Plow That Broke The Plains
Nov 27 T Tor Aulin: Violin Concerto No. 3
Nov 28 W Anton Rubinstein*: Symphony No. 5
Nov 29 T Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20
Nov 30 F Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite

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.