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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 - February 2022

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

Feb 1 T Francesco Maria Veracini*: Overture in F major
Feb 2 W William Grant Still: Seven Traceries
Feb 3 T Johann Georg Albrechtsberger*: Trombone Concerto
Feb 4 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in D major; “Ghost Trio”

Feb 7 M Erkki Melartin*: Marionettes Suite
Feb 8 T André Grétry*: “Cephale et Procis” Ballet Music
Feb 9 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14
Feb 10 T Johann Melchior Molter*: Sonata in D major
Feb 11 F Florence Price: Piano Sonata in E minor

Feb 14 M Ernest Chausson: Poème de l’amour et de la mer
Feb 15 T Robert Fuchs*: Serenade No. 3
Feb 16 W Pierre Rode*: Violin Concerto No. 9
Feb 17 T Aaron Copland: Music for Movies
Feb 18 F Johannes Brahms: Three Intermezzi, Op. 117

Feb 21 M Léo Delibes*: Fête de la cloche from “Coppélia”
Feb 22 T Niels W. Gade*: Piano Trio in F major
Feb 23 W George Frideric Handel*: Suite in G major
Feb 24 T Edvard Grieg: Suite No. 2 from “Peer Gynt”
Feb 25 F Adolphus Hailstork: Theme & Variations on “Draw the Sacred Circle Closer”

Feb 28 M David Baker: Jazz Suite for Clarinet & Orchestra  

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

Feb 1 T Victor Herbert*: Cello Concerto No. 1
Feb 2 W Christopher Wilson: Suite for String Orchestra
Feb 3 T Felix Mendelssohn*: String Symphony No. 11
Feb 4 F Florence Price: Symphony No. 1

Feb 7 M Wilhelm Stenhammar*: Serenade
Feb 8 T John Williams*: Cello Concerto
Feb 9 W Isaac Albeniz: Iberia
Feb 10 T Johann Peter Pixis*: Piano Concerto in C major
Feb 11 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Feb 14 M Johann Sebastian Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 7
Feb 15 T Duke Ellington: Suite from “The River”
Feb 16 W Philipp Scharwenka*: Lieder & Tanzweisen
Feb 17 T Henri Vieuxtemps*: Violin Concerto No. 1
Feb 18 F Luigi Boccherini*: String Quintet No. 1 in C major

Feb 21 M Ottorino Respighi: Roman Festivals 
Feb 22 T Frédéric Chopin*: Piano Concerto No. 1
Feb 23 W Ferdinand Ries: Symphony No. 4
Feb 24 T Ulysses Kay: Suite from “The Quiet One”
Feb 25 F Ernst Wolf*: String Quartet No. 1

Feb 28 M Vasily Kallinikov: Symphony No. 1

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.