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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 - May 2019

Enjoy Great Music This Spring On JPR

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

May 1 W Leo Sowerby*: Florida Suite
May 2 T Henry Purcell: Instrumental Music from The Fairy Queen
May 3 F Francis Poulenc: Concert champêtre

May 6 M Gustav Holst: Symphony in F major; “The Cotswolds”
May 7 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky*: Variations on a Rococo Theme
May 8 W Igor Stravinsky: Concerto in E flat; “Dumbarton Oaks”
May 9 T Julius Röntgen*: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Hartmann
May 10 F Richard Strauss: Prelude to “Guntram”

May 13 M Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major; “Italian”
May 14 T Emilie Mayer*: Piano Sonata
May 15 W Lars-Erik Larsson*: Baroroco Suite for Orchestra
May 16 T Gabriel Fauré: Cello Sonata in D minor
May 17 F Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome

May 20 M Mikhail Glinka*: Sextet in E flat major
May 21 T Luigi Otto: Trumpet Concerto
May 22 W William Grant Still: Sadjhi
May 23 T Andrea Luchesi*: Piano Sonata in C major
May 24 F Aram Khachaturian*: Dance Suite

May 27 M Margaret Buechner*: The Blue and the Gray
May 28 T Giovanni Sgambati*: Cola di Rienzo Overture
May 29 W Eric Wolfgang Korngold*: Violin Concerto
May 30 T Aaron Copland: Clarinet Concerto
May 31 F Marin Marais*: Suite in D major

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

May 1 W Hugo Alfven*: Symphony No. 3
May 2 T Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Symphony No. 13
May 3 F Alan Rawsthorne*: Piano Concerto No. 2

May 6 M Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst*: Three Rondinos on themes of Meyerbeer
May 7 T Johannes Brahms*: Piano Concerto No. 1
May 8 W Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz*: Harp Concerto No. 6
May 9 T Carl Stamitz*: Orchestral Quartet No. 4
May 10 F Jean-Marie LeClair*: Recreation No. 2 in G minor

May 13 M Sir Arthur Sullivan*: Irish Symphony
May 14 T Johann Peter Emilius Harmann*: “The Valkyrie”
May 15 W Antonin Dvorák: Piano Trio No. 1
May 16 T Henri Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 4
May 17 F Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 50, “Mount St. Helens”

May 20 M Ottorino Respighi: La Boutique Fantasque
May 21 T Felix Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No. 1
May 22 W Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: Symphony No. 3, “Lapland”
May 23 T Ignaz Moscheles*: Piano Concerto No. 3
May 24 F Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky*: Souvenir de Florence

May 27 M Joachim Raff*: Symphony No. 3, “Im Walde”
May 28 T Johan Svendsen: String Octet in A major
May 29 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
May 30 T Luigi Boccherini: String Quartet in A major
May 31 F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 34

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.