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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 2021

Music In May On JPR

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

May 3 M Johann Valentin Meder*: Sonata di Battaglia
May 4 T Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek*: Concert Piece for Violin and Orchestra
May 5 W Thomas Linley Jr.*: Selections from A Shakespeare Ode
May 6 T Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata in F minor
May 7 F Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky*: Serenade for Strings

May 10 M Jean-Marie Leclair*: Violin Concerto in A major
May 11 T Anatole Liadov*: Eight Russian Folk Songs
May 12 W Jules Massenet*: Scènes alsaciennes
May 13 T Robert Fuchs: Serenade No. 5
May 14 F Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait

May 17 M Erik Satie*: Nocturnes
May 18 T Karl Goldmark*: Overture Penthesilea
May 19 W Dmitri Shostakovich: Excerpts from “Hamlet”
May 20 T Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 6 in D major; “Le Matin”
May 21 F Ottorino Respighi: Sonata in F major

May 24 M Louis-François Dauprat*: Horn Sonata in F major
May 25 T Anton Webern: Im Sommerwind
May 26 W Felix Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No. 2
May 27 T Joseph Joachim Raff*: Fantaisie in B major
May 28 F E. J. Moeran: Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra

May 31 M Marin Marais*: Suite in C major

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

May 3 M Ferdinand Buchner: Flute Concerto in F minor
May 4 T Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104
May 5 W Manuel Ponce: Sonate Romantique “Hommage a Schubert”
May 6 T Niccolò Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2
May 7 F Johannes Brahms*: Piano Concerto No. 2

May 10 M Julius Røntgen*: Serenade, Op. 14
May 11 T William Grant Still*: Symphony No. 2, “Song of a New Race”
May 12 W Giovanni Battista Viotti*: Sinfonia Concertante No. 1
May 13 T Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”
May 14 F Joseph Martin Kraus: Violin Concerto in C major

May 17 M Edvard Grieg: Symphonic Dances
May 18 T Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3, Part One
May 19 W Dmitri Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
May 20 T Mikhail Glinka*: Grand Sextet in E flat major
May 21 F Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E flat major

May 24 M Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9, “Kreutzer”
May 25 T Mauro Giuliani: Duo Concertante
May 26 W Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 6
May 27 T Nikolai Medtner: Piano Concerto No. 1
May 28 F Luigi Boccherini: Symphony No. 4 in C major

May 31 M Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade No. 10; Gran Partita

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.