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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 - December 2022

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

Dec 1 T Agathe Backer Grøndahl*: Suite for Piano
Dec 2 F Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2

Dec 5 M Víteslav Novák*: Eternal Longing
Dec 6 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien
Dec 7 W Ernst Toch*: Cello Sonata
Dec 8 T Bohuslav Martinu*: Sinfonia Concertante
Dec 9 F Émile Waldteufel*: Madeleine

Dec 12 M Maurice Ravel: La Valse
Dec 13 T George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Dec 14 W Ron Nelson*: Courtly Airs and Dances
Dec 15 T Michel-Richard Delalande*: Premier Caprice
Dec 16 F Ludwig van Beethoven*: String Quartet No. 16

Dec 19 M Samuel Adler: The Flames of Freedom
Dec 20 T Vagn Holboe*: Trombone Concerto
Dec 21 W Sergei Prokofiev: Winter Bonfire
Dec 22 T Carl Friedrich Abel*: Symphony in C major
Dec 23 F Victor Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony

Dec 26 M Franz Liszt: Reminiscences de Lucrezia Borgia 
Dec 27 T Ernest Chausson: Poème
Dec 28 W Julius Rietz*: Fantaisie for Cello and Orchestra
Dec 29 T Karl Czerny: Notturno brilliant in E flat major
Dec 30 F Dmitri Kabalevsky*: Piano Concerto No. 3

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

Dec 1 T Franz Xaver Richter*: Trumpet Concerto in D major
Dec 2 F Jacob Rosenhain*: Piano Concerto in D minor

Dec 5 M Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1
Dec 6 T Henriëtte Bosmans*: Concertino for Piano & Orchestra
Dec 7 W Hermann Goetz*: Quartet in E major
Dec 8 T Franz Xaver Dussek*: Sinfonia in B flat major
Dec 9 F Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story Suite

Dec 12 M Hector Berlioz*: Symphonie Fantastique
Dec 13 T Radames Gnattali: Sonatina No. 1 for Guitar
Dec 14 W Heitor Villa-Lobos: Discovery of Brazil Suite No. 4
Dec 15 T Johann Sebastian Bach: French Overture in B minor
Dec 16 F Ludwig van Beethoven*: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor"

Dec 19 M Cesar Franck: Cello Sonata
Dec 20 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No. 1
Dec 21 W Zdenek Fibich*: Symphony No. 4
Dec 22 T Josef Wölfl*: Piano Sonata in C minor
Dec 23 F William Henry Fry: Santa Claus Symphony

Dec 26 M Franz Clement: Violin Concerto in D major
Dec 27 T Cayetano Brunetti: Oboe Sextet No. 3
Dec 28 W Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 99
Dec 29 T Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C minor
Dec 30 F Pavel Wranitzky*: Trio Concertant No. 3 in G 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.