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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 - January 2022

Celebrate the New Year with JPR

Featured Works for January – First Concert
(*Indicates Jan birthday)

Jan 3 M Sigismond Thalberg: Grande Fantaisie on “Don Pasquale” by Donizetti
Jan 4 T Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Jan 5 W Nikolai Medtner*: Romantic Sketches for the Young
Jan 6 T Giuseppe Sammartini*: Flute Sonata No. 3
Jan 7 F Francis Poulenc: Sinfonietta

Jan 10 M Giuseppe Verdi: Ballet Music for “Don Carlo”
Jan 11 T Christian Sinding*: Violin Concerto No. 1
Jan 12 W Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari*: Violin Sonata No. 2
Jan 13 T Richard Addinsell*: The Smokey Mountains
Jan 14 F Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

Jan 17 M François-Joseph Gossec*: Symphonie à Grand Orchestra; “La Chasse”
Jan 18 T Jacques Ibert*: Ouverture de fête
Jan 19 W Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 3
Jan 20 T Ernest Chausson*: Poème
Jan 21 F Mélanie Bonis*: Sonata for flute and piano

Jan 24 M E.T.A. Hoffmann*: Piano Sonata No. 1
Jan 25 T Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen
Jan 26 W Margaret Brandman: Firestorm Symphony
Jan 27 T Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart*: Piano Sonata in A minor
Jan 28 F Daniel-François-Esprit Auber*: La Fête de Versailles

Jan 31 M Franz Schubert*: Piano Sonata in A major

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

Jan 3 M Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto in A major
Jan 4 T Josef Suk*: Asrael Symphony
Jan 5 W Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto for The Left Hand
Jan 6 T Max Bruch*: Violin Concerto in G minor
Jan 7 F Sigismund Thalberg*: Fantasy on Rossini’s La Donna Del Lago

Jan 10 M George Frederic Handel: Music for The Royal Fireworks
Jan 11 T Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonata No. 1
Jan 12 W Cesar Franck: Sonata in A major
Jan 13 T Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 42
Jan 14 F Federico Torroba: Concierto en Flamenco

Jan 17 M Jean-Baptiste DaVaux: Symphonie Concertante for 2 Violins
Jan 18 T Giuseppe Martucci: Piano Trio No. 1
Jan 19 W Alexander Glazunov: Symphony No. 4
Jan 20 T Friedrich Kalkbrenner: Piano Concerto No. 1
Jan 21 F Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

Jan 24 M Jules Massenet: Espada
Jan 25 T Felix Mendelsohn: String Quartet in E flat major
Jan 26 W Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, Little Russian
Jan 27 T Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart*: Concerto for Flute & Harp
Jan 28 F Jose Viana da Mota: A Patria

Jan 31 M Sergei Rachmaninov: The Bells

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.