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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 - January 2020

Another Decade of Great Classical Music Begins

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

Jan 1 W New Year’s Day Live From Vienna
Jan 2 T Mily Balakirev*: Tamara
Jan 3 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. O

Jan 6 M Henri Herz*: Piano Concerto No. 4
Jan 7 T Francis Poulenc*: Suite from "Les Biches "
Jan 8 W Archduke Rudolph*: Variations on a Theme By Weigl
Jan 9 T Claude Debussy: Estampes
Jan 10 F Louis Massonneau*: Oboe Quartet in F major

Jan 13 M Christoph Graupner*: Suite in F major
Jan 14 T Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Jan 15 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 17
Jan 16 T George Frideric Handel: Sinfonia to "Saul" 
Jan 17 F Johann Gottfried Müthel*: Concerto in G major

Jan 20 M Guillaume Lekeu*: Adagio for Strings
Jan 21 T Franz Schreker: Symphonic Interlude from “Der Schatzgräber”
Jan 22 W Leslie Bassett*: Horn Sonata
Jan 23 T Carlos Chávez: Sinfonia India
Jan 24 F Franz Liszt: Réminiscences des Puritains

Jan 27 M Jerome Kern*: Mark Twain – Portrait for Orchestra
Jan 28 T John Tavener*: The Last Sleep of the Virgin
Jan 29 W Georg Christoph Wagenseil*: Concerto for Harp, Two Violins and Cello
Jan 30 T Aaron Copland: Suite from “Billy the Kid”
Jan 31 F Franz Schubert*: Wanderer Fantasie

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

Jan 1 W Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”
Jan 2 T Brenton Broadstock: Made In Heaven
Jan 3 F Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76, No. 6

Jan 6 M Max Bruch*: Violin Concerto No. 3
Jan 7 T Sigismund Thalberg*: Piano Concerto in F minor
Jan 8 W Johannes Brahms: Double Concerto
Jan 9 T Thomas Knowles Paine*: Symphony No. 1
Jan 10 F Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 4

Jan 13 M Vasily Kalinnikov*: Symphony No. 1
Jan 14 T Florent Schmitt: Florent Schmitt: Antoine et Cléopâtre
Jan 15 W Johann Gottlieb Graun: Viola da Gamba Concerto in A major
Jan 16 T Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3
Jan 17 F Johann Adolph Hasse: L’Armonica

Jan 20 M Ernest Chausson*: Symphony in B flat major
Jan 21 T Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Jan 22 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Serenade
Jan 23 T Muzio Clementi*: Sonata Quasi Concerto in C major
Jan 24 F ETA Hoffmann*: Music from the ballet “Arlequin”

Jan 27 M Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart*: Piano Concerto No. 25
Jan 28 T Eduard Lalo*: Cello Concerto in D minor
Jan 29 W Salomon Jadassohn: Symphony No. 4
Jan 30 T Felix Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 11
Jan 31 F Franz Schubert*: Symphony 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.