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 March – First Concert
(*Indicates March birthday)

Mar 1 T George Frideric Handel: Harp Concerto in B flat major
Mar 2 F Augusta Holmès: Andromeda

Mar 5 M Arthur Foote*: Suite for Strings
Mar 6 T Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov*: Suite from “Tsar Saltan”
Mar 7 W Germaine Tailleferre: Concerto for Flute & Piano
Mar 8 T Alan Hovhaness*: Symphony No. 1
Mar 9 F Josef Myslivecek*: Cello Concerto in C major

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

Feb 1 T Francesco Maria Veracini*: Overture No. 2
Feb 2 F Adolphus Hailstork: Symphony No. 1

Feb 5 M Lodewijk Mortelmans*: Morning Mood
Feb 6 T R. Nathaniel Dett: Cinnamon Grove
Feb 7 W Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No. 2
Feb 8 T John T. Williams*: American Journey
Feb 9 F Isaac Albeniz: Iberia, Book IV

French composer Georges Bizet was 17 when he wrote “Symphony in C” in 1855. It was discovered decades after the death of the composer.

Classical music columnist Fran Hoepfner (@franhoepfner) tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young how, in the youthful symphony, it’s as if Bizet “rides up on a skateboard and wants to show you a trick.”

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

Jan 1 M New Year’s Day Live from Vienna
Jan 2 T Mily Balakirev*: Russia
Jan 3 W Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite in C major
Jan 4 T Giovanni Battista Pergolesi*: Violin Concerto
Jan 5 F Henri Herz*: Piano Concerto No. 7

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

Dec 1 F Agathe Backer-Grøndahl*: Suite for Piano

Dec 4 M Antonín Dvorák: The Hero’s Song
Dec 5 T Víteslav Novák*: Eternal Longing
Dec 6 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 38; “Prague”
Dec 7 T Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Handel
Dec 8 F Franz Xaver Dussek*: Sinfonia in B flat major

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

Nov 1 W Frédéric Chopin: Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”
Nov 2 T George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in D minor
Nov 3 F Saverio Mercandante: Omaggio a Bellini

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

Oct 2 M Johann Peter Pixis: Piano Concertino
Oct 3 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Consecration of the House Overture
Oct 4 W Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
Oct 5 T Eduard Franck*: Cello Sonata in F major
Oct 6 F Karol Szymanowski*: Variations on a Polish Folk-Theme

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

Sep 1 F Engelbert Humperdinck*: The Royal Children

Sep 4 M Darius Milhaud*: Saudades do Brasil
Sep 5 T Johann Christian Bach*: Symphonie Concertante in B flat major
Sep 6 W Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Sep 7 T François André Philidor Danican*: Flute Quartet in C major
Sep 8 F Luigi Cherubini*: String Quartet No. 3

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

Aug 1 T Jerome Moross*: Suite from The Cardinal
Aug 2 W Christoph Willibald Gluck: Selections from Orphée et Eurydice
Aug 3 T Gioachino Rossini: Overture to William Tell
Aug 4 F Jan Dismas Zelenka: Capriccio No. 1

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

July 3 M Philippe Gaubert*: Trois aquarelles
July 4 T Aaron Copland: Canticles of Freedom
July 5 W Joseph Haydn: Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major
July 6 T Gaetano Donizetti: String Quartet No. 15 in F major
July 7 F Gustav Mahler*: Totenfeier

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

June 1 T Mikhail Glinka*: Variations in E major
June 2 F Johannes Matthias Sperger: Symphony in B flat major

June 5 M Igor Stravinsky*: Danses Concertantes
June 6 T Johann Sebastian Bach: English Suite No. 4
June 7 W Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes from “Peter Grimes”
June 8 T Erwin Schulhoff*: Moonstruck
June 9 F Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda: Violin Concerto No. 5

The rich history of volunteer service at Jefferson Public Radio stretches back to the earliest days of the station. As we evolved into three separate services, there was need for folks willing to come in to run things for a few hours a week or to host programs like the Jazz Sunday and Folk Show. Part of my job when I arrived at JPR in 1998 was to supervise about 30 volunteers to do just that; but as the station has become more automated, fewer opportunities were available for people to help out off the air.

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

May 1 M Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral
May 2 T Alessandro Scarlatti*: Sinfonia No. 12
May 3 W Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio in G major
May 4 T Josef Suk: Fantastic Scherzo
May 5 F Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata

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

Apr 3 M Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24
Apr 4 T Giacomo Meyerbeer: Overture to Dinorah
Apr 5 W Albert Roussel*: Rustiques

Apr 6-12 Spring Membership Drive

Apr 13 T Félicien David*: Piano Trio No. 2
Apr 14 F Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 49

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

Mar 1 W George Frideric Handel: Harp Concerto in B flat major
Mar 2 T Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 98
Mar 3 F Johannes Brahms: Alto Rhapsody

Mar 6 M Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony
Mar 7 T Mily Balakirev: Tamara
Mar 8 W Lucie Vellère: String Quartet No. 3
Mar 9 T Samuel Barber*: Violin Concerto
Mar 10 F Pablo de Sarasate*: Concert Fantasy on Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

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

Feb 1 W Victor Herbert*: Five Pieces for Cello and Strings
Feb 2 T Ulysses Kay: Suite from The Quiet One
Feb 3 F Felix Mendelssohn*: Sonata in B flat major

Feb 6 M Gary Powell Nash: In Memoriam: Sojourner Truth
Feb 7 T Wilhelm Stenhammar*: String Quartet No. 6
Feb 8 W Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3
Feb 9 T George Frideric Handel: Suite from Water Music
Feb 10 F Jerry Goldsmith*: Fireworks

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

Jan 2 M Richard Wagner: Overture to The Flying Dutchman
Jan 3 T Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from Sleeping Beauty
Jan 4 W Johannes Brahms: Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76
Jan 5 T Maurice Ravel: Concerto for the Left Hand
Jan 6 F Max Bruch*: Violin Concerto No. 1

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

Dec 1 T Franz Xaver Richter*: Trumpet Concerto
Dec 2 F Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2

Dec 5 M Francesco Geminiani*: Cello Sonata in D minor
Dec 6 T Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Nutcracker
Dec 7 W Hermann Goetz*: Waldmärchen
Dec 8 T Jean Sibelius*: Belshazzar’s Feast
Dec 9 F Nicolò Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 3

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

Nov 1 T Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Suite from Mlada
Nov 2 W John Foulds*: Music-Pictures Group III
Nov 3 T George Frideric Handel: Suite in A major
Nov 4 F Hector Berlioz: Royal Hunt and Storm from “Les Troyens”

The Metropolitan Opera mourns the death of Peter Allen, their radio announcer for 29 years. Peter became the host of the Metropolitan Opera Saturday Afternoon Radio Broadcasts on January 4, 1975, succeeding Milton Cross, who had been the series’ announcer since its inception in 1931. With his deep knowledge and love of opera, Peter was the enlivening host for our broadcasts until his retirement in 2004. In addition, he was a beloved colleague and friend to all the members of the company who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.