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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 - August 2021

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

Aug 2 M Arthur Bliss*: Suite from “Christopher Columbus”
Aug 3 T Gioachino Rossini: Overture and Ballet Music to “Guillaume Tell”
Aug 4 W William Schuman*: New England Triptych
Aug 5 T Leonardo Leo*: Cello Concerto
Aug 6 F John Adams: Doctor Atomic Symphony

Aug 9 M Reynaldo Hahn*: Divertissement pour une fête de nuit
Aug 10 T Samuel Arnold*: Incidental Music to “Macbeth”
Aug 11 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Sonata in G major
Aug 12 T Heinrich von Biber*: Partita in D major
Aug 13 F Edvin Kallstenius: A Summernight’s Serenade

Aug 16 M Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonata
Aug 17 T Stacy Garrop: Quicksilver
Aug 18 W Antonio Salieri*: Concerto in C major
Aug 19 T George Enescu*: Violin Sonata No. 1
Aug 20 F Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Aug 23 M Jules Mouquet: La flûte de Pan
Aug 24 T Einojuhani Rautavaara: Deux Sérénades
Aug 25 W Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Aug 26 T Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Quintet
Aug 27 F Franz Liszt: Tasso, Lamento e Trionfo

Aug 30 M Jean Sibelius: King Christian II Suite
Aug 31 T Kurt Weill: Little Threepenny Music

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

Aug 2 M Hans Rott*: Symphony in E major
Aug 3 T Antonin Dvorák: Serenade for Winds
Aug 4 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5
Aug 5 T Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite in C major
Aug 6 F Felix Mendelssohn: Incidental Music to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Aug 9 M Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
Aug 10 T Alexander Glazunov*: Symphony No. 8
Aug 11 W Henri Herz: Piano Concerto No. 3
Aug 12 T Franz Schubert: String Trio in B flat major
Aug 13 F Franz Krommer: Symphony No. 1

Aug 16 M Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 4
Aug 17 T Carl Reinecke: Piano Concerto No. 2
Aug 18 W Ottorino Respighi: Violin Sonata in B minor
Aug 19 T Gaspard Fritz: Sinfonia No. 2
Aug 20 F Enrique Granados: Symphonic Poem; “Dante”

Aug 23 M Lars-Erik Larsson: Symphony No. 2
Aug 24 T Joseph Haydn: Violin Concerto in A major
Aug 25 W Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Aug 26 T Don Gillis: Saga of a Prairie School
Aug 27 F Camille Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3

Aug 30 M Julius Benedict: Piano Concerto in E flat major
Aug 31 T August Klughardt: Symphony No. 4

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.