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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 - April 2019

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

Apr 1 M Pieter Hellendaal*: Concerto Grosso in D major
Apr 2 T Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Apr 3 W Albert Roussel: Fragments symphoniques de “Le Festin de l’Araignée”

Apr 4-10 Spring Membership Drive

Apr 11 T Ottorino Respighi: The Ballad of the Gnomes
Apr 12 F Carolus Antonius Fodor*: Symphony in G major

Apr 15 M Johann Friedrich Fasch*: Overture in B flat major
Apr 16 T Leó Weiner*: Serenade for Small Orchestra
Apr 17 W Johann Gottlieb Naumann*: Concerto in B flat major
Apr 18 T Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Isle of the Dead
Apr 19 F Felix Blumenfeld*: Allegro de Concert in A major

Apr 22 M Paul Dukas: La Péri
Apr 23 T Gerald Finzi: Suite from “Love’s Labours Lost”
Apr 24 W Romanus Hoffstetter*: String Quartet in G major
Apr 25 T Franz Liszt: Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude
Apr 26 F Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien

Apr 29 M Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Sonata in B flat major 
Apr 30 T Claude Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp 

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

Apr 1 M Sergei Rachmaninov*: Symphonic Dances
Apr 2 T Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 103, “Drum Roll”
Apr 3 W Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco*: Guitar Quintet

Apr 4-10 Spring Membership Drive

Apr 11 T Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quintet in C minor
Apr 12 F William Sterndale Bennett*: Piano Concerto No. 4

Apr 15 M Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Quintet in F major
Apr 16 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor
Apr 17 W Franz Liszt: Concerto Pathetique
Apr 18 T Meredith Willson*: A Symphony of San Francisco
Apr 19 F Anton Reicha: Woodwind Quintet No. 6 in G major

Apr 22 M Tony Banks: Seven
Apr 23 T Sergei Prokofiev*: Piano Concerto No. 3
Apr 24 W Antonin Dvorák: Dumky Trio
Apr 25 T Louis Spohr: Quintet No. 7
Apr 26 F Karl Goldmark: Violin Concerto in A minor

Apr 29 M Eyvind Alnaes*: Piano Concerto in D major
Apr 30 T Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor

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.