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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 - May 2022

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

May 2 M Alessandro Scarlatti*: Euridice dall’Inferno
May 3 T Ernest Bloch: Schelomo
May 4 W Joan Tower: Island Prelude
May 5 T Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata
May 6 F Johannes Brahms: Four Ballades

May 9 M Julius Röntgen*: Symphony in C sharp minor
May 10 T Hugo Alfvén: Midsummer Vigil
May 11 W William Grant Still*: Miss Sally’s Party
May 12 T Johann Baptist Vanhal*: Symphony in A major
May 13 F August Enna*: Hans Christian Andersen Overture

May 16 M Lars-Erik Larsson: Barococo: Suite for Orchestra
May 17 T Erik Satie*: Trois Morceaux en forme de Poire
May 18 W Ulysses Kay: Suite from “The Quiet One”
May 19 T Arthur Meulemans*: Horn Concerto No. 1
May 20 F Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6

May 23 M Andrea Luchesi*: Piano Sonata in D major
May 24 T Aram Khachaturian*: Dance Suite
May 25 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 5
May 26 T Aaron Copland: Music for Great City
May 27 F Gioachino Rossini: String Sonata No. 6

May 30 M David Gillingham: Heroes Lost and Fallen
May 31 T Louise Farrenc*: Violin Sonata No. 1

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

May 2 M Ignaz Pleyel: Symphony in B flat major
May 3 T Gustav Jenner: Trio for Clarinet, Horn & Piano
May 4 W Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
May 5 T Manuel Ponce: Sonate Clasica; “Homage to Ferdinand Sor”
May 6 F Johannes Brahms*: Piano Concerto No. 1

May 9 M Ferdinand Ries: Piano Quartet in E flat major
May 10 T Jean-Marie LeClair*: Violin Concerto No. 6
May 11 W Joseph Marx: Piano Concerto in E major
May 12 T Franz Anton Hoffmeister*: Symphony in C major
May 13 F Benjamin Godard: String Quartet No. 3

May 16 M Henri Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 3
May 17 T Edvard Grieg: Incidental music from “Peer Gynt”
May 18 W Karl Goldmark*: Rustic Wedding Symphony
May 19 T Dmitri Shostakovich: Hamlet
May 20 F Mikhail Glinka*: A Greeting to My Homeland

May 23 M Ignaz Moscheles*: Piano Concerto No. 5
May 24 T Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 2
May 25 W Rodolphe Kreutzer: Violin Concerto No. 6  
May 26 T Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 96; “Miracle”
May 27 F Joachim Raff *: Piano Quartet No. 1

May 30 M Aram Khachaturian: Violin Concerto
May 31 T Marin Marais*: Suite in E minor

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.