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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 - February 2019

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

Feb 1 F Victor Herbert*: Selections from Natoma

Feb 4 M William C. Banfield: Symphony No. 6
Feb 5 T Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches
Feb 6 W Joseph Boulogne: Violin Concerto in D major
Feb 7 T Florence Price: Piano Sonata in E minor
Feb 8 F André Grétry*: Ballet Music from Cephale et Procris

Feb 11 M Sergei Rachmaninoff: Elegiac Trio No. 1
Feb 12 T Jan Ladislav Dussek*: Piano Concerto in B flat major
Feb 13 W Fernando Sor*: L’Encouragement
Feb 14 T Richard Wagner: Prelude und Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde”
Feb 15 F Michael Praetorius*: Six Dances from “Terpsichore”

Feb 18 M Deems Taylor*: Through the Looking Glass
Feb 19 T Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concerto
Feb 20 W Franz Ignaz Beck*: Sinfonia in B flat major
Feb 21 T Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda*: Violin Concertino No. 5
Feb 22 F Virgil Thomson: Symphony on a Hymn Tune

Feb 25 M Robert Schumann: Concert Piece for Four Horns and Orchestra
Feb 26 T Anton Reicha*: Piano Sonata in G major
Feb 27 W C. Hubert H. Parry*: An English Suite
Feb 28 T Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

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

Feb 1 F Mozart Guarnieri*: Piano Concerto No. 3

Feb 4 M Felix Mendelssohn*: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”
Feb 5 T Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1, “From My Life”
Feb 6 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major
Feb 7 T Wilhelm Stenhammar*: Symphony No. 2
Feb 8 F Eduard Lalo: Cello Concerto No. 1

Feb 11 M Johannes Brahms: String Sextet No. 2
Feb 12 T Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite from Dardanus
Feb 13 W Leopold Godowsky*: Piano Sonata in E minor
Feb 14 T Adolf Jensen: Wedding Music
Feb 15 F Henri Vieuxtemps*: Cello Concerto No. 1

Feb 18 M William Levi Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony
Feb 19 T Luigi Boccherini*: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major
Feb 20 W Carl Czerny: Piano Trio No. 1 in C major
Feb 21 T Leo Delibes*: Sylvia, Act 1
Feb 22 F Niels Gade: Violin Sonata No. 1

Feb 25 M Joachim Nikolas Eggert: Symphony No. 4
Feb 26 T Mieczyslaw Vainberg: Violin Concerto in G minor
Feb 27 W Franz Schubert: String Quartet in G major
Feb 28 T William Grant Still: Africa

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.