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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 - June 2022

Britt Festival Orchestra Performs from June 17th to July 3rd

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

June 1 W Ernest Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1
June 2 T Hakon Børresen*: Nordic Folk Tunes
June 3 F Johannes Schenck*: Sonata No. 12

June 6 M Vincent Persichetti*: Symphony for Band
June 7 T Camille Satin-Saëns: La Muse et le Poète
June 8 W Robert Schumann*: Märchenbilder
June 9 T Adrian Schaposhnikoff*: Sonata for Flute and Harp
June 10 F Heinrich Herzogenberg* Trio in D minor

June 13 M Paul Wranitzky*: Symphony in F major
June 14 T Kurt Weill: Little Threepenny Music
June 15 W Franz Danzi*: Concertante for Flute and Clarinet
June 16 T David Popper*: Cello Concerto No. 1
June 17 F Igor Stravinsky*: Pulcinella Suite

June 20 M Josef Martin Kraus*: Piano Sonata in E flat major
June 21 T Frederick Delius: In a Summer Garden
June 22 W Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 5
June 23 T Georges Bizet: L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2
June 24 F William Grant Still: And They Lynched Him on Tree

June 27 M George Walker*: Folk Songs for Orchestra
June 28 T Napoléon Coste*: Grande Sérénade for Guitar
June 29 W Aarre Merikanto*: Serenade for Cello and Orchestra
June 30 T Georg Anton Benda*: Viola Concerto

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

Jun 1 W Federigo Fiorillo*: Sinfonia Concertante for 2 Flutes
Jun 2 T Edward Elgar*: Symphony No. 2
Jun 3 F Camille Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5

Jun 6 M Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 16
Jun 7 T Niccolò Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2
Jun 8 W Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe
Jun 9 T Carl Nielsen*: Clarinet Concerto
Jun 10 F Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 96; “Miracle”

Jun 13 M Anton Eberl*: Grand Sonata in G minor
Jun 14 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Jun 15 W Edvard Grieg*: String Quartet in G minor
Jun 16 T Antonin Dvorák: Violin Concerto in A minor
Jun 17 F Don Gillis*: Shindig

Jun 20 M Friedrich Kalkbrenner: Piano Concerto No. 4
Jun 21 T Josef Suk: A Summer’s Tale
Jun 22 W Etienne Nicolas Mehul*: Symphony No. 2
Jun 23 T Joachim Raff: Piano Quartet No. 1
Jun 24 F Rodolphe Kreutzer: Violin Concerto No. 6

Jun 27 M Jack Gallagher*: Sinfonietta
Jun 28 T Carl Maria von Weber: Piano Concerto No. 2
Jun 29 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 38; “Prague”
Jun 30 T Anton Arensky*: Piano Quintet in D major

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.