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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 - January 2019

Enjoy Great Classical Music All Year

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

Jan 1 T New Year’s Day Live From Vienna
Jan 2 W Richard Wagner: Overture to Der fliegende Holländer
Jan 3 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from “Sleeping Beauty”
Jan 4 F Johannes Brahms: Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76

Jan 7 M William Yeates Hurlstone*: Four Characteristic Pieces
Jan 8 T Joaquín Rodrigo: Fantasía para un Gentilhombre
Jan 9 W John Knowles Paine*: Shakespeare’s Tempest
Jan 10 T George Frideric Handel: Suite from “Rodrigo”
Jan 11 F Reinhold Glière*: Horn Concerto

Jan 14 M Joaquín Turina: Sinfonia Sevillana
Jan 15 T Elie Siegmister*: Western Suite
Jan 16 W Sergei Prokofiev: Scythian Suite
Jan 17 T François-Joseph Gossec*: Symphonie à 17 Parties
Jan 18 F Emmanuel Chabrier*: Suite Pastorale

Jan 21 M Ludwig van Beethoven: Eroica Variations
Jan 22 T Camille Saint-Saëns: La Jeunesse d’Hercule
Jan 23 W Muzio Clementi*: Sonata in D major
Jan 24 T Frederick II*: Flute Concerto in C major
Jan 25 F Alfred Reed*: Music for “Hamlet”

Jan 28 M Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart*: Piano Trio in G major
Jan 29 T Johannes Bernardus van Bree*: String Quartet No. 3
Jan 30 W Charles Loeffler*: Deux Rhapsodies
Jan 31 T François Devienne*: Flute Concerto No. 2

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

Jan 1 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Seasons
Jan 2 W Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat major
Jan 3 T Ignaz Pleyel: Symphony in G major
Jan 4 F Giovanni Pergolesi*: Stabat Mater

Jan 7 M Francis Poulenc*: Les Animaux Modèles
Jan 8 T Sigismund Thalberg*: Piano Concerto in F minor
Jan 9 W Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1
Jan 10 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata in E flat major
Jan 11 F Johann Christian Sinding*: Piano Concerto in D flat major

Jan 14 M Anton Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No. 4
Jan 15 T Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Septet in D minor
Jan 16 W Albert Roussel: Padmavati
Jan 17 T Johann Gottfried Müthel*: Keyboard Concerto in B flat major
Jan 18 F Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 63, “Loon Lake”

Jan 21 M Nikolay Myaskovsky: Violin Concerto in D minor
Jan 22 T J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3
Jan 23 W Giovanni Sgambati: Piano Concerto in G minor
Jan 24 T E.T.A. Hoffmann*: Piano Trio in E major
Jan 25 F Franz Lachner: Symphony No. 3

Jan 28 M Wolfang Amadeus Mozart*: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”
Jan 29 T Havergal Brian*: Violin Concerto in C major
Jan 30 W Johann Joachim Quantz*: Flute Concerto No. 256
Jan 31 T Franz Schubert*: Piano Trio No. 1

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.