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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 - April 2020

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

Apr 1 W Giuseppe Verdi: String Quartet
Apr 2 T Auguste Enna: Hans Christian Andersen Overture
Apr 3 F Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco*: Concerto da camera

Apr 6 M André Cardinal Destouches*: Les élémens
Apr 7 T Georg Druschetzky*: Oboe Quartet in C major
Apr 8 W Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite from “The Bolt”
Apr 9 T Georg Matthias Monn*: Cello Concerto
Apr 10 F Gabriel Fauré: Masques et Bergamasques

Apr 13 M Félicien David*: Piano Trio No. 2
Apr 14 T Roy Harris: Symphony No. 6
Apr 15 W Sergei Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives
Apr 16 T Arthur Foote: Suite for Strings
Apr 17 F Johann David Heinichen*: Concerto in G major

Apr 20 M Maurice Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye
Apr 21 T Randall Thompson*: The Testament of Freedom
Apr 22 W Antonio Rosetti: Oboe Concerto in C major
Apr 23 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Hamlet
Apr 24 F Charles Ives: String Quartet No. 1; “From the Salvation Army”

Apr 27 M Hyacinthe Jadin*: String Quartet in E flat major
Apr 28 T Antonín Dvorák: In Nature’s Realm
Apr 29 W Anatole Liadov*: Variations on a Theme of Glinka
Apr 30 T Ellen Taafe Zwilich*: Prologue and Variations

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

Apr 1 W Ferruccio Busoni*: Symphonic Suite
Apr 2 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Apr 3 F Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

Apr 6 M Elias Parish Alvars: Harp Concerto in G minor
Apr 7 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Apr 8 W Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor
Apr 9 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite
Apr 10 F Eugene D’Albert*: Symphony in F major

Apr 13 M William Sterndale Bennett*: Piano Concerto No. 4
Apr 14 T Friedrich Gernsheim: Symphony No. 2
Apr 15 W Johann Friedrich Fasch*: Overture in D minor
Apr 16 T Gaspard Fritz: Sinfonia No. 2
Apr 17 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1; Liszt Transcription

Apr 20 M Nicolai Miaskovsky*: Violin Concerto in D minor
Apr 21 T Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 8
Apr 22 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in E flat major
Apr 23 T Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Apr 24 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

Apr 27 M Ignaz Pleyel: Nonett in G major
Apr 28 T Franz Schubert: Piano Trio in E Flat major
Apr 29 W Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 99
Apr 30 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

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.