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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 - December 2021

Listen to Great Classical Music During the Holidays at JPR

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

Dec 1 W Franz Xaver Richter*: Flute Sonata No. 6
Dec 2 T Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson and Delilah Grand Fantasy
Dec 3 F Antonio Soler*: Sonata No. 61 in C major

Dec 6 M Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite
Dec 7 T Herman Goetz*: Piano Concerto No. 1
Dec 8 W Franz Xaver Dussek*: Sinfonia in B flat major
Dec 9 T Joaquín Turina*: Sinfonia Sevíllana
Dec 10 F Morton Gould*: Spirituals for Strings

Dec 13 M Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Dec 14 T Samuel Barber: String Quartet
Dec 15 W George Frideric Handel: Concerto a due cori in B flat major
Dec 16 T Ludwig van Beethoven*: The Creatures of Prometheus
Dec 17 F Domenico Cimarosa*: Overture to “L’eroe cinese”

Dec 20 M Franz Schubert: Ballet Music to Rosamunde
Dec 21 T Zdenek Fibich*: Othello
Dec 22 W Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3
Dec 23 T George W. Chadwick: Melpomene Overture
Dec 24 F Ottorino Respighi: Lauda per la Natività del Signore

Dec 27 M Jacques Ibert: Flute Concerto
Dec 28 T Joseph Martin Kraus: Viola Concerto
Dec 29 W Jean Sibelius: Pohjola’s Daughter
Dec 30 T Dmitri Kabalevsky*: Piano Concerto No. 2
Dec 31 F Ernest John Moeran*: Sinfonietta

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

Dec 1 W Carl Nielsen: The Four Temperaments
Dec 2 T Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2
Dec 3 F Pierre Rode: Violin Concerto No. 1

Dec 6 M Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major
Dec 7 T Don Gillis: An American Symphony
Dec 8 W Manuel Ponce*: Estampas Nocturnas
Dec 9 T Franz Berwald: Sinfonie Sérieuse
Dec 10 F Cesar Franck*: Piano Quintet in F minor

Dec 13 M George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Dec 14 T Arthur Foote: Piano Trio No. 1
Dec 15 W Antonin Dvorák: Symphony No. 9; “From the New World”
Dec 16 T Ludwig van Beethoven*: Triple Concerto
Dec 17 F François-Adrien Boieldieu*: Piano Concerto in F major

Dec 20 M Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No. 1
Dec 21 T Mily Balakirev*: Symphony No. 1 in C major
Dec 22 W Johannes Matthias Sperger: Double Bass Concerto No. 8
Dec 23 T William Henry Fry: Santa Claus Symphony
Dec 24 F Patric Standford: A Christmas Carol Symphony

Dec 27 M Franz Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan
Dec 28 T Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20
Dec 29 W Paul Wranitzky: Coronation Symphony
Dec 30 T Caetano Brunetti: Oboe Sextet No. 6
Dec 31 F Sergei Prokofiev: Peter & the Wolf

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.