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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 - July 2019

Oregon Coast Music Festival: July 13-19

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

July 1 M Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 1
July 2 T Christoph Willibald von Gluck*: Trio Sonata in F major
July 3 W Philippe Gaubert*: Flute Sonata in A major
July 4 T Reena Esmail: #metoo
July 5 F Paul Ben-Haim*: Evocation (Yizkor)

July 8 M Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3
July 9 T Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 7
July 10 W Claude Debussy: Children’s Corner Suite
July 11 T Gioacchino Rossini: String Sonata No. 5
July 12 F George Butterworth*: Suite for Strings

July 15 M Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
July 16 T George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in A major
July 17 W Peter Schickele*: String Quartet No. 1; “American Dreams”
July 18 T Edvin Kallstenius: A Summer Night’s Serenade
July 19 F Jean-Baptiste Davaux*: Symphonie Concertante in G major

July 22 M Manuel de Falla: Four Dances from “The Three-Cornered Hat”
July 23 T Johann Christian Bach: Oboe Concerto in F major
July 24 W Ernest Bloch*: Violin Sonata No. 2; "Poème mystique" 
July 25 T Léo Delibes: Suite from “Le Roi s’amuse”
July 26 F Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata in A minor

July 29 M Alexander Glazunov*: The Forest
July 30 T Giovanni Battista Viotti: Violin Concerto No. 11
July 31 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30

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

July 1 M Mily Balakirev: Piano Concerto in E flat major
July 2 T Eugene Zador: Symphony No. 3
July 3 W Jan Dismas Zelenka: Sinfonia Concertante in A minor
July 4 T Don Gillis: Star Spangled Symphony
July 5 F Ludwig van Beethoven: “Triple Concerto”

July 8 M Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 1
July 9 T Ottorino Respighi*: Belkis, Queen of Sheba
July 10 W Johann Baptist Vanhal: Violin Concerto in G major
July 11 T Henryk Wieniawski*: Grand Duo Polonais
July 12 F Anton Arensky*: String Quartet No. 2

July 15 M Edward MacDowell: Piano Concerto No. 2
July 16 T Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2
July 17 W Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Two Pianos in E major
July 18 T Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor
July 19 F Franz Schubert: String Quartet in G major

July 22 M Giovanni Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto in F sharp minor
July 23 T Franz Berwald*: Piano Trio in C Major
July 24 W Eduard Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole
July 25 T Igor Stravinsky: Apollo
July 26 F John Field*: Piano Concerto No. 3

July 29 M Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F major
July 30 T Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 87
July 31 W Edward MacDowell: Piano Concerto No. 2

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.