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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 2021

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

Apr 1 T Pieter Hellendaal*: Concerto Grosso in D major
Apr 2 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

Apr 5 M Albert Roussel*: Rustiques
Apr 6 T Carlos Salzedo*: Variations sur un thème dans le style ancien
Apr 7 W Georg Druschetzky*: Oboe Quartet in F major
Apr 8 T Giuseppe Tartini*: Violin Concerto in A major
Apr 9 F Eugen D’Albert: Cinderella Suite

Apr 12 M Pietro Nardini*: Violin Sonata in A major
Apr 13 T William Sterndale Bennett*: Caprice in E major
Apr 14 W Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite from “Abaris ou les Boréades”
Apr 15 T Aaron Copland: A Dance Symphony
Apr 16 F Federico Mompou*: Impresiones intimas

Apr 19 M Germaine Tailleferre*: Concerto for Flute and Piano
Apr 20 T Marinus de Jong: Horn Concerto in F major
Apr 21 W Henri Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 7
Apr 22 T Paul Dukas: La Péri
Apr 23 F Morten Lauridsen: Les Chansons de Roses

Apr 26 M Frédéric Chopin: Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise brillante
Apr 27 T Georgy Catoire*: Violin Sonata No. 2
Apr 28 W Joseph Haydn: Harpsichord Concerto in G major
Apr 29 T Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington*: Suite from “The River”
Apr 30 F Franz Lehár*: Concertino for Violin and Orchestra

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

Apr 1 T Sergei Rachmaninov*: Symphonic Dances
Apr 2 F Maurice Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe Suite No. 1

Apr 5 M Ludwig Spohr*: Symphony No. 5
Apr 6 T Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
Apr 7 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40
Apr 8 T Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto Italiano
Apr 9 F Florence Price*: Symphony No. 4

Apr 12 M Joseph Rheinberger: Piano Concerto in A flat major
Apr 13 T Mily Balakirev: Symphony No. 2
Apr 14 W George Frederic Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Apr 15 T Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”
Apr 16 F Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet in A flat major

Apr 19 M Bernhard Molique: String Quartet No. 2
Apr 20 T Antonio Rosetti: Piano Concerto in B major
Apr 21 W Claude Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
Apr 22 T Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5
Apr 23 F Sergei Prokofiev: Pieces for piano from Romeo & Juliet

Apr 26 M Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique”
Apr 27 T Wilhelm Stenhammer: Serenade in F major
Apr 28 W Michael Torke: Concerto for Orchestra
Apr 29 T Ferdinand Ries: Cello Sonata in G minor
Apr 30 F Gustav Holst: The Planets

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.