First Concert

Classics & News: Mon-Fri • 7am-12pm

JPR's classical music for the morning hours, including a mix of favorites from the standard repertoire plus a healthy dose of lesser-known composers and pieces.  Each day includes a featured work at 9am (when we give a bit more extensive background on the composer and piece) and our locally produced aural history series As It Was is heard each morning at 9:30.

Now in it's 32nd year, the New Zealand String Quartet has established an international reputation for its insightful interpretations, and its commitment to promoting the work of New Zealand composers. They were in town for a pair of performances as part of the Chamber Music Concerts season, and dropped by the JPR Steve Nelson Performance Space to play selections from Haydn, Smetana, and Jack Body.

In Ashland for a weekend of performances with the Rogue Valley Symphony, cellist Sujari Britt joined Don Matthews on First Concert for a performance of Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G.

Through her acclaimed international concert appearances and her award-winning Naïve recordings, Lise de la Salle has established a reputation as one of today's most exciting young artists and as a musician of uncommon sensibility and maturity. Her playing inspired a Washington Post critic to write, “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe... the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.

Late last year, I received another set of all of Beethoven’s symphonies and a student working here at JPR heard my sighs and asked what prompted them. I explained that we had been given yet another recording in a decades old tradition of one conductor recording all nine symphonies of Beethoven and our space is limited. Being an intelligent young man, he asked how I decide whether it is worth holding on to and since the station has many recordings of the same thing, how I determine what recordings go on the air.

On Friday, April 1st at 9am, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast a special one-hour program called Igudesman & Joo: You Just Have To Laugh.

February Featured Works - First Concert
(*Indicates February birthday)

Feb 1 M Veracini*: Sonata in A major
Feb 2 T Stravinsky: The Song of the Nightingale
Feb 3 W Albrechtsberger*: Trombone Concerto
Feb 4 T Still: Lyric Quartet
Feb 5 F Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches

January Featured Works - First Concert
(*Indicates January birthday)

Jan 1 F New Year’s from Vienna

Jan 4 M Suk*: Tale of a Winter’s Evening
Jan 5 T Medtner*: Skazki (Tales), Op. 42
Jan 6 W Herz*: Piano Concerto No. 1
Jan 7 T Hurlstone*: Four Characteristic Pieces
Jan 8 F Weinberger*: Polka & Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper