Matt Erikson

Classical Music Host

Trained as a classical pianist at Amherst College and the Hartt School of Music, Matt recently completed a master’s degree in journalism at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and Arizona Republic and was an announcer and writer for WRR, the classical music station for Dallas/Fort Worth. The highlight of his tenure at WRR was serving as the exclusive host and blogger for the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, a major, quadrennial, international event. This is his third summer covering the Aspen Music Festival and School for Aspen Public Radio.

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In this rebroadcast program, hear interviews with pianist Joseph Kalichstein and luthier Joan Balter.  Kalichstein discusses teaching, the value of competitions and Aspen’s allure. And Balter recounts stories of teaching legend Dorothy DeLay and violinists Joshua Bell, Midori and Sarah Chang as child prodigies.

We look back at some of the highlights of the 2013 Aspen Music Festival and School, including the convocation address by Aspen Music Festival and School President Alan Fletcher, discussing the challenges confronting classical music. The program finishes with a sampling of voices from the 2013 festival and a musical performance.

Aspen Public Radio takes to you the Aspen Music Festival and School for special live broadcasts. Here's our schedule for this final weekend of the festival:

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 7 p.m.

Aspen Opera Theater Center’s production of Monteverdi’s “Coronation of Poppea”

Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 4 p.m.

Season Finale concert of Wagner and Verdi

This final weekend of the 2013 season includes orchestral blockbusters, opera and virtuoso piano playing.

22-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov joins the Aspen Chamber Symphony Friday evening for a performance of Mozart’s Jeunehomme Piano Concerto.   Aspen Public Radio will be broadcasting live Saturday's 7 p.m. opera performance of Monteverdi's "Coronation of Poppea" and Sunday's 4 p.m. season finale concert from the Benedict Music Tent.

At 7 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House, the Aspen Opera Theater Center presents the first of two performances of one of the great Baroque operas, Claudio Monteverdi’s "Coronation of Poppea." And at 8 p.m., a piano recital at Harris Concert Hall spotlights this year’s winner of the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym Kholodenko.

The Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra performs a free family concert at 6 p.m.  And at 8:30 p.m. at Harris Concert Hall, festival musicians play a program consisting largely of vocal works, Weill’s "Seven Deadly Sins" and Janacek’s "Diary of One Who Disappeared." 

Aspen Music Festival and School Music Director Robert Spano previews Sunday afternoon's season finale concert, featuring vocal music by Verdi and Wagner. Spano also drops a few hints regarding next season's programming.

And Aspen Opera Theater Center Director Edward Berkeley discusses the final opera of the festival season, Monteverdi's last masterpiece "The Coronation of Poppea."

The festival celebrates the 20th anniversary of Harris Concert Hall with a special concert.  VIP artists include violinist Robert McDuffie, guitarist Sharon Isbin and conductor Joshua Weilerstein.

For this final Monday of the 2013 festival, two recital programs are on tap.  Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Benedict Music Tent, festival faculty perform works by Bartok, Beethoven and young composer Luke Carlson. And at 8 p.m., be part of a live taping of the radio show "Performance Today" with host Fred Child.  

Highlights of this penultimate weekend of the 2013 festival are Sarah Chang performing Barber's Violin Concerto, a Saturday recital of Brahms and more by pianist Orli Shaham and conductor David Robertson leading the Aspen Festival Orchestra in Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring."

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