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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 - July 2020

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

July 1 W Alban Berg: Piano Sonata
July 2 T Antonio Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in C major
July 3 F William Wallace*: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite

July 6 M Julius Röntgen: Cello Sonata No. 5
July 7 T Gian Carlo Menotti*: Apocalypse
July 8 W George Antheil*: Fifth Sonata
July 9 T David Diamond*: String Quartet No. 2
July 10 F Henryk Wieniawski*: Violin Concerto No. 2

July 13 M Johannes Brahms: String Quintet in F major
July 14 T Jean-Baptiste Davaux: Symphonie Concertante
July 15 W Libby Larson: Trio in Four Movements
July 16 T Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento on “Entführung aus dem Serail”
July 17 F George Frideric Handel: Suite from “Water Music”

July 20 M John Lampkin: Migrations
July 21 T Paul Hindemith: Nobilissima Visione
July 22 W Richard Wagner: Faust Overture
July 23 T Arthur Bird*: Suite in D major
July 24 F Adolphe Adam*: Grand pas de deux from “Giselle”

July 27 M Enrique Granados*: Elisenda
July 28 T Leonard Bernstein: On the Waterfront
July 29 W Alexander Glazunov*: Piano Concerto No. 2
July 30 T Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in E flat major
July 31 F Vittorio Giannini: Symphony No. 3

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

July 1 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
July 2 T Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No. 2
July 3 F Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”

July 6 M Joseph Holbrooke*: Piano Concerto No. 1, “The Song of Gwyn ap Nudd”
July 7 T Gustav Mahler*: Symphony No. 1
July 8 W Percy Grainger*: In A Nutshell
July 9 T Ottorino Respighi*: Concerto all’antica
July 10 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4

July 13 M Joachim Raff: Piano Quartet No. 2
July 14 T Gerald Finzi*: Cello Concerto
July 15 W Johann Sebastian Bach: English Suite No. 2
July 16 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
July 17 F Henri Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 4

July 20 M Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2
July 21 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
July 22 W Henryk Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 1
July 23 T Franz Berwald*: Symphony No. 4, “Sinfonie Naïve”
July 24 F Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 62, “Emperor”

July 27 M Mauro Giuliani*: Guitar Concerto in A major
July 28 T Friedrich Schneider: Symphony No. 16
July 29 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 7
July 30 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
July 31 F Anton Arensky*: Piano Trio 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.