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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 - February 2020

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

Feb 3 M Felix Mendelssohn*: String Quartet in E flat major
Feb 4 T George Walker: Cello Sonata
Feb 5 W Lodewijk Mortelmans*: Morning Mood
Feb 6 T William Grant Still: Suite for Violin and Piano
Feb 7 F Erkki Merlartin*: Marionettes Suite

Feb 10 M Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 99
Feb 11 T Georges Bizet: L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2
Feb 12 W Ulysses Kay: A Lincoln Chronicle
Feb 13 T Fernando Sor*: L’Encouragment
Feb 14 F Hector Berlioz: Love Scene from “Roméo et Juliette”

Feb 17 M Arcangelo Corelli*: Concerto Grosso in F major
Feb 18 T Alberto Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Feb 19 W Aaron Copland: Symphonic Ode
Feb 20 T Charles-Auguste de Bériot*: Violin Concerto No. 5
Feb 21 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 2

Feb 24 M Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 2
Feb 25 T Ernst Wilhelm Wolf*: String Quartet in B flat major
Feb 26 W Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto
Feb 27 T C. Hubert H. Parry*: An English Suite
Feb 28 F Adolphus Hailstork: Symphony No. 1

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

Feb 3 M Johann Georg Albrechtsberger*: Partita for Harp in F major
Feb 4 T Felix Mendelssohn*: Symphony No. 1
Feb 5 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in D major
Feb 6 T Henry Litolff*: Trio in D minor
Feb 7 F Wilhelm Stenhammar*: Serenade in F major

Feb 10 M Anton Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No. 2
Feb 11 T Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 90
Feb 12 W Jan Ladislav Dussek*: Piano Concerto in G minor
Feb 13 T Leopold Godowsky*: Piano Sonata in E minor
Feb 14 F Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Suite

Feb 17 M Henri Vieuxtemps*: Violin Concerto No. 4
Feb 18 T Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Feb 19 W Luigi Boccherini*: String Quintet No. 1
Feb 20 T Carl Czerny*: Grand Concerto in E flat major
Feb 21 F Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 7

Feb 24 M Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quintet No. 1
Feb 25 T Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 6
Feb 26 W Antonin Reicha*: Woodwind Quintet, Op. 91, No. 5
Feb 27 T Henryk Melcer: Piano Concerto No. 1
Feb 28 F Gioacchino Rossini*: Stabat Mater

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.