Don Matthews

Classical Music Director | Host

Don Matthews was born in Detroit and is the son of a motion picture sound man.  He received a B.A. in Music from Eastern Michigan University and Masters in Vocal Performance from USC.  Don performed as a member of the San Francisco Opera chorus for three seasons.  He moved to Boston to study and while there became involved in radio, working at both WBUR and WGBH, where he was a producer for Robert J. Lurtsema.

In 1998, Don moved to Ashland to take a job with Jefferson Public Radio. He’s a member of the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers and has also been a guest soloist with both the Rogue Valley Chorale and Siskiyou Singers. Don is well known to Rogue Valley theater goers having appeared in numerous productions including, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Man of La Mancha and Sweeney Todd.

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

Apr 1 W Giuseppe Verdi: String Quartet
Apr 2 T Auguste Enna: Hans Christian Andersen Overture
Apr 3 F Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco*: Concerto da camera

Apr 6 M André Cardinal Destouches*: Les élémens
Apr 7 T Georg Druschetzky*: Oboe Quartet in C major
Apr 8 W Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite from “The Bolt”
Apr 9 T Georg Matthias Monn*: Cello Concerto
Apr 10 F Gabriel Fauré: Masques et Bergamasques

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

Mar 2 M Bedrich Smetana*: Wallenstein’s Camp
Mar 3 T Federico Moreno Torroba*: Concierto en Flamenco
Mar 4 W Antonio Vivaldi*: Violin Concerto in D major
Mar 5 T Heitor Villa-Lobos*: String Quartet No. 1
Mar 6 F Clara Wieck Schumann: Soirées musicales

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

Feb 3 M Felix Mendelssohn*: String Quartet in E flat major
Feb 4 T George Walker: Cello Sonata
Feb 5 W Lodewijk Mortelmans*: Morning Mood
Feb 6 T William Grant Still: Suite for Violin and Piano
Feb 7 F Erkki Merlartin*: Marionettes Suite

Baritone Christòpheren Nomura joined JPR's Don Matthews in the Steve Nelson performance space during his recent visit to the Rogue Valley for a concert called "With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All." Nomura performed "At the River" by Aaron Copland, "A Curse On Geographers" by Stefania de Kenessey and "Gaman" from "Allegiance," and was accompanied by pianist Daniel Lockert.

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

Jan 1 W New Year’s Day Live From Vienna
Jan 2 T Mily Balakirev*: Tamara
Jan 3 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. O

Jan 6 M Henri Herz*: Piano Concerto No. 4
Jan 7 T Francis Poulenc*: Suite from "Les Biches "
Jan 8 W Archduke Rudolph*: Variations on a Theme By Weigl
Jan 9 T Claude Debussy: Estampes
Jan 10 F Louis Massonneau*: Oboe Quartet in F major

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

Dec 2 M Antonio Pasculli: Concerto on Themes from Donizetti’s “La Favorite”
Dec 3 T Antonio Soler*: Sonata No. 62 in B flat major
Dec 4 W Antonín Dvorák: The Hero’s Song
Dec 5 T Vítezslav Novák*: Memories
Dec 6 F Henryk Górecki*: Broad Waters

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

Nov 1 F Aaron Copland: Red Pony Suite

Nov 4 M Alexander Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from “Prince Igor”
Nov 5 T Manuel de Falla: Harpsichord Concerto
Nov 6 W Jean-Baptiste Bréval*: Trio Concertant in B flat major
Nov 7 T Ignaz Brüll*: Andante and Allegro
Nov 8 F Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1

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

Oct 1 T Paul Dukas*: Variations, Interlude and Finale on a Theme by Rameau
Oct 2 W Frantisek Tuma*: Sinfonia in B flat major
Oct 3 T William Walton: Viola Concerto
Oct 4 F Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring

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

Sep 2 M Alphons Diepenbrock*: Lydische Nacht (Lydian Night)
Sep 3 T Johann Sebastian Bach: Keyboard Concerto in E major
Sep 4 W Darius Milhaud*: Symphony No. 12; "Rurale" 
Sep 5 T Giacomo Meyerbeer*: Ballet of the Skaters
Sep 6 F Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

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

Aug 1 T Jerome Moross*: Symphony No. 1
Aug 2 F Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony in D major, “Classical”

Aug 5 M Leonardo Leo*: Cello Concerto
Aug 6 T Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 8
Aug 7 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 19
Aug 8 T Cécile Chaminade*: Poème provençal
Aug 9 F Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 1

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

July 1 M Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 1
July 2 T Christoph Willibald von Gluck*: Trio Sonata in F major
July 3 W Philippe Gaubert*: Flute Sonata in A major
July 4 T Reena Esmail: #metoo
July 5 F Paul Ben-Haim*: Evocation (Yizkor)

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

June 3 M George Whitefield Chadwick: Tam O’Shanter
June 4 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 2
June 5 W Adolf Wiklund*: Piano Concerto No. 2
June 6 T Jennifer Higdon: Harp Concerto
June 7 F Camille Saint-Saëns: The Muse and the Poet

Seconds after the Handel and Haydn Society stopped playing Mozart's "Masonic Funeral Music" at the Boston Symphony Hall on Sunday, 9-year-old Ronan Mattin was so swept away by the music that he loudly exclaimed — for the whole auditorium to hear — "Wow!"

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

May 1 W Leo Sowerby*: Florida Suite
May 2 T Henry Purcell: Instrumental Music from The Fairy Queen
May 3 F Francis Poulenc: Concert champêtre

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

Apr 1 M Pieter Hellendaal*: Concerto Grosso in D major
Apr 2 T Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Apr 3 W Albert Roussel: Fragments symphoniques de “Le Festin de l’Araignée”

Apr 4-10 Spring Membership Drive

Apr 11 T Ottorino Respighi: The Ballad of the Gnomes
Apr 12 F Carolus Antonius Fodor*: Symphony in G major

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

Mar 1 F Frédéric Chopin*: Fantasy on Polish Airs

Mar 4 M Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from “Swan Lake”
Mar 5 T Arthur Foote*: Piano Trio No. 2
Mar 6 W Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony
Mar 7 T Elisabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre: Violin Sonata No. 2
Mar 8 F Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach*: Oboe Concerto in B flat major

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

Feb 1 F Victor Herbert*: Selections from Natoma

Feb 4 M William C. Banfield: Symphony No. 6
Feb 5 T Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches
Feb 6 W Joseph Boulogne: Violin Concerto in D major
Feb 7 T Florence Price: Piano Sonata in E minor
Feb 8 F André Grétry*: Ballet Music from Cephale et Procris

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

Jan 1 T New Year’s Day Live From Vienna
Jan 2 W Richard Wagner: Overture to Der fliegende Holländer
Jan 3 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from “Sleeping Beauty”
Jan 4 F Johannes Brahms: Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76

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

Dec 3 M Irving Fine*: Partita for Wind Quintet
Dec 4 T Hamilton Harty*: A Comedy Overture
Dec 5 W Francesco Geminiani*: Concerto in D minor; “Follia”
Dec 6 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien
Dec 7 F Ottorino Respighi: The Birds