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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 - May 2020

Spring Music

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

May 1 F César Franck: Symphonic Variations

May 4 M Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104
May 5 T Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata
May 6 W Amanda Röntgen-Maier: Flute Sonata
May 7 T Johannes Brahms*: Piano Trio No. 3
May 8 F Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz*: Harp Concerto

May 11 M William Grant Still*: Wood Notes
May 12 T Johann Baptist Vanhal*: Symphony in G major
May 13 W Arthur Sullivan*: Overture di Ballo
May 14 T Gabriel Fauré: Fantaisie in G major
May 15 F Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

May 18 M Erik Satie: Parade
May 19 T Arthur Meulemans*: Fir Symphony
May 20 W Frédéric Chopin: Variations on Mozart’s “Là ci darem la mano”
May 21 T James Stephenson: Concerto for Hope
May 22 F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 21

May 25 M Horatio Parker: Suite for Piano Trio
May 26 T George Frederick Pinto: Grand Sonata in C minor
May 27 W Margaret Buechner*: Erlkönig Suite 1
May 28 T Giacomo Puccini: Portrait of “Madama Butterfly”
May 29 F Isaac Albéniz*: Iberia, Book II

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

May 1 F Hugo Alfven*: Swedish Rhapsody No. 3, “Dalecarlian”

May 4 M Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek*: Symphony No. 4
May 5 T Johann Gottfried Müthel: Keyboard Concerto No. 1
May 6 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
May 7 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky*: String Quartet No. 3
May 8 F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22

May 11 M Jan van Gilse*: Symphony No. 4
May 12 T Giovanni Battista Viotti: Violin Concerto No. 19
May 13 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
May 14 T Carl Czerny: Concerto for Piano Four Hands
May 15 F Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3

May 18 M Karl Goldmark*: Rustic Wedding Symphony
May 19 T Sergei Prokofiev*: Violin Sonata No. 1
May 20 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
May 21 T Peter Lange-Muller: Piano Trio in F minor
May 22 F Richard Wagner*: Highlights from “Götterdämmerung

May 25 M Carl Reinecke: Trio in B flat major
May 26 T Leopold Kozeluch: Sinfonia in F major
May 27 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
May 28 T Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”
May 29 F Erich Wolfgang Korngold*: Piano Trio in D major

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.