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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 - October 2022

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

Oct 3 M Steve Reich*: Three Movements
Oct 4 T Ernest Bloch: Voice in the Wilderness
Oct 5 W Eduard Franck*: Violin Sonata in A major
Oct 6 T George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in E minor
Oct 7 F Wilhelm Bernhard Molique*: Concertino for Oboe and Orchestra

Oct 10 M Paul Creston*: Partita for Flute, Violin & Strings
Oct 11 T R. Nathaniel Dett*: Cinnamon Grove
Oct 12 W Ralph Vaughan Williams*: Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra
Oct 13 T Alexander Gretchaninoff*: Early Morning
Oct 14 F Gustav Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10

Oct 17 M Christoph Willibald von Gluck: Selections from “Don Juan”
Oct 18 T Baldassare Galuppi*: Piano Sonata No. 10
Oct 19 W John Adams: Gnarly Buttons
Oct 20 T Arnold Bax: Tintagel
Oct 21 F Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 3

Oct 24 M Ferdinand Hiller*: Piano Concerto No. 2
Oct 25 T Joaquín Turina: Ritmos
Oct 26 W William Schuman: New England Triptych
Oct 27 T Georg Anton Kreüsser*: Flute Quintet in C major
Oct 28 F William Grant Still: Symphony No. 1; “Afro-American”

Oct 31 M Alexander Borodin*: Petite Suite

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

Oct 3 M Paul Dukas*: Symphony in C major
Oct 4 T Johann Sebastian Bach: English Suite in D minor
Oct 5 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41; “Jupiter”
Oct 6 T Karol Szymanowski*: Sonata for Violin & Piano, Op. 9
Oct 7 F Luigi Boccherini: Cello Concerto in D major

Oct 10 M Giuseppe Verdi*: String Quartet in E minor
Oct 11 T Leopold Kozeluch: Piano Concerto No. 5
Oct 12 W Sylvius Leopold Weiss*: Lute Suite in D minor
Oct 13 T Sergey Taneyev: Symphony No. 4
Oct 14 F Alexander Zemlinsky*: The Mermaid

Oct 17 M Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
Oct 18 T Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1
Oct 19 W Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
Oct 20 T Johannes Brahms: String Sextet No. 1
Oct 21 F Franz Liszt*: Symphonic Fantasy on “Lelio”

Oct 24 M Franz Schubert: Piano Trio in B flat major
Oct 25 T Georges Bizet*: Symphony in C major
Oct 26 W Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Violin Sonata No. 1
Oct 27 T Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
Oct 28 F Johann Gottlieb Graun: Viola da Gamba Concerto
Oct 31 M Halloween Spooktacular

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.