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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 - November 2019

A Cornucopia Of Classical Music

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

Nov 1 F Aaron Copland: Red Pony Suite

Nov 4 M Alexander Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from “Prince Igor”
Nov 5 T Manuel de Falla: Harpsichord Concerto
Nov 6 W Jean-Baptiste Bréval*: Trio Concertant in B flat major
Nov 7 T Ignaz Brüll*: Andante and Allegro
Nov 8 F Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1

Nov 11 M Barbara Harbach: Veneration for Orchestra
Nov 12 T Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 14
Nov 13 W Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite
Nov 14 T Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel*: Piano Sonata in G minor
Nov 15 F Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

Nov 18 M Richard Strauss: Suite in B flat major
Nov 19 T Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov*: Turkish Fragments
Nov 20 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonora Overture No. 2
Nov 21 T Antonin Dvorák: The Noonday Witch
Nov 22 F Frantisek Benda*: Violin Concerto in D major

Nov 25 M Sergei Taneyev*: The Oresteia Overture
Nov 26 T John Corigliano: The Red Violin
Nov 27 W Franz Krommer*: Concerto for Two Clarinets
Nov 28 T Don Ray: Family Portrait Suite No. 1
Nov 29 F Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

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

Nov 1 F Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf*: Sinfonia in E flat major

Nov 4 M Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9
Nov 5 T Antonio Rosetti: Piano Concerto in B flat major
Nov 6 W Christoph Graupner: Overture in F major
Nov 7 T Mauro Giuliani: Guitar Concerto No. 1
Nov 8 F Friedrich Kalkbrenner*: Piano Concerto No. 2

Nov 11 M Glenn Gould: American Ballads
Nov 12 T Sergei Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G minor
Nov 13 W Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
Nov 14 T Johann Nepomuk Hummel*: Piano Concerto in A flat major
Nov 15 F Aaron Copland*: The Tender Land

Nov 18 M Carl Maria von Weber*: Clarinet Quintet
Nov 19 T Adolf Wiklund: Piano Concerto No. 1
Nov 20 W Antonin Dvorák: Trio in F minor
Nov 21 T Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphony in F major
Nov 22 F Joaquin Rodrigo*: Concierto de Aranjuez

Nov 25 M Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite
Nov 26 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Nov 27 W Johann Stamitz*: Clarinet Concerto in B flat major
Nov 28 T Anton Rubinstein*: Symphony No. 3
Nov 29 F Gaetano Donizetti*: String Quartet No. 15

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.