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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 - March 2021

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

Mar 1 M George Frideric Handel: Organ Concerto in G minor
Mar 2 T Kurt Weill*: String Quartet
Mar 3 W Elfrida Andrée: Flute Sonata in B flat major
Mar 4 T Carlos Surinach*: Soleriana
Mar 5 F Arthur Foote*: Piano Trio No. 2

Mar 8 M Reena Esmail: #metoo
Mar 9 T Arthur Honegger: Symphony No. 5; “Di tre re”
Mar 10 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21
Mar 11 T William Vincent Wallace*: Grand Fantaisie “La Cracovienne”
Mar 12 F Elisabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre: Violin Sonata in A major

Mar 15 M Maurice Ravel: Rhapsodie espagnole
Mar 16 T Jules Massenet: Ballet Music from “Thaïs”
Mar 17 W Joan Trimble: Suite for Strings
Mar 18 T Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov*: Sinfonietta on Russian Themes
Mar 19 F Max Reger*: Suite im Alten Stil

Mar 22 M Peggy Stuart Coolidge: Rhapsody for Harp and Orchestra
Mar 23 T Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16
Mar 24 W Francesca Le Brun*: Violin Sonata in E flat major
Mar 25 T Caroline Shaw: Is a Rose
Mar 26 F Lucie Vellère: String Quartet No. 3

Mar 29 M William Walton*: Suite from “Henry V”
Mar 30 T Bernhard Scholz*: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra
Mar 31 W Jean Françaix: L’Horloge de Flore

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

Mar 1 M Sergei Prokofiev: Cello Sonata
Mar 2 T Bedrich Smetana*: String Quartet No. 1; “From My Life”
Mar 3 W Johann Baptiste Viotti*: Violin Concerto No. 17
Mar 4 T Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor
Mar 5 F Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Mar 8 M Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach*: Cello Concerto in B flat major
Mar 9 T Modest Mussorgsky*: Pictures At An Exhibition
Mar 10 W Alexander Borodin: Symphony No 2
Mar 11 T Antonin Dvorák*: Symphony No. 2
Mar 12 F Margaret Buechner: Suite No. 2 from “Elizabeth”

Mar 15 M Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1
Mar 16 T Emilie Mayer: String Quartet in G minor
Mar 17 W Alexander Glazunov: Symphony No. 1
Mar 18 T Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No. 3
Mar 19 F Joachim Raff: Symphony No. 8; “Frühlingsklänge”

Mar 22 M Richard Wagner: Symphony in C major
Mar 23 T Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 13
Mar 24 W Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor
Mar 25 T Ralph Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony
Mar 26 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major

Mar 29 M Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Sonata in G minor
Mar 30 T Carolus Antonius Fodor: Symphony in C minor
Mar 31 W Franz Joseph Haydn*: Symphony No. 100; “Military”

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.