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.

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