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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 - April 2022

Maxine Frost
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Featured Works for April – First Concert
(*Indicates April birthday)

Apr 1 F Ferruccio Busoni*: Concerto for Piano and Strings

Apr 4 M Elmer Bernstein*: Guitar Concerto
Apr 5 T Richard Strauss: Duett-Concertino
Apr 6 W Alessandro Rolla*: Viola Concerto in F major
Apr 7 T Camille Saint-Saëns: Variations on a Theme by Beethoven
Apr 8 F Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht*: Flute Sonata in G major

Apr 11 M Sergei Prokofiev*: Piano Concerto No. 3
Apr 12 T Carolus Antonius Fodor*: Symphony in G major
Apr 13 W Randall Thompson: The Testament of Freedom
Apr 14 T James MacMillan: Larghetto for Orchestra
Apr 15 F Väinö Raitio*: Symphonic Ballade

Apr 18 M Jacques Widerkehr*: Duo Sonata in C major
Apr 19 T Felix Blumenfeld*: Allegro de Concert in A major
Apr 20 W Edvard Grieg: Norwegian Dances
Apr 21 T Claude Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp
Apr 22 F José Viana da Mota*: Inês de Castro

Apr 25 M Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite
Apr 26 T Edward Elgar: The Wand of Youth Suite No. 1
Apr 27 W Hyacinthe Jadin*: String Quartet in A major
Apr 28 T Antonín Dvorák: In Nature’s Realm
Apr 29 F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Sonata in B flat major

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

Apr 1 F Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 30; “The Joke”

Apr 4 M Camille Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 1
Apr 5 T Ludwig Spohr*: Symphony No. 1
Apr 6 W Carlos Salzedo*: Variations on a Theme in the Ancient Style
Apr 7 T Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
Apr 8 F Nikolai Myaskovsky*: Violin Concerto in D minor

Apr 11 M Antonin Dvorák: Piano Trio, Op. 90; “Dumky”
Apr 12 T Robert Schumann: Symphonic Etudes
Apr 13 W Justin Heinrich Knecht: Le Portrait Musical de la Nature
Apr 14 T Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26; “Coronation”
Apr 15 F Igor Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat

Apr 18 M Ernest Chausson: Symphony in B flat major
Apr 19 T Julius Rietz: Cello Concerto, Op. 16
Apr 20 W Maurice Ravel: Ma Mere l’Oye
Apr 21 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Apr 22 F Ethel Smyth*: Suite for Strings

Apr 25 M Gaetano Donizetti: String Quartet No. 14
Apr 26 T Carl Czerny: Concerto for Piano 4 Hands in C major
Apr 27 W Cornelis Dopper: Symphony No. 7, “Zuiderzee”
Apr 28 T Giacomo Meyerbeer: Scenes from “L’Africaine”
Apr 29 F Victor Herbert: Columbus Suite

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.