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.

Ways To Connect

Pianists Misha and Cipa Dichter perform a program of four-hand and two-piano music this evening at 6 at the Benedict Music Tent.   And two years after performing the complete string quartets by Beethoven, the Jupiter String Quartet returns to Aspen to play quartets by Britten, Hannah Lash and Dvorak.

A world premiere work by 32-year-old composer Adam Schoenberg is one of the main attractions of today's 6 p.m. Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra concert at the Benedict Music Tent.

Violinist and longtime AMFS faculty member Sylvia Rosenberg recounts stories of the festival's early years and what it was like studying with Nadia Boulanger.  And pianist Jeremy Denk discusses his love for writing and taste for adventurous repertoire.

At 7:30 p.m. at Harris Concert Hall, pianist Simone Dinnerstein and country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt perform together a concert that merges musical genres and landscapes.

Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" receives its third and final performance tonight at the Wheeler Opera House.  And this evening's 6 p.m. chamber music program at Harris Concert Hall features two ambitious works: Henry Brant's experimental "Angels and Devils" for flute choir and Schubert's hourlong Octet.

Concertos by Benjamin Britten are among this weekend's top offerings.

British violinist Daniel Hope performs a recital with friends this evening at 8 at Harris Concert Hall.  Hope is joined by violist Lawrence Dutton, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han.  The second half of the program is a creative, recent take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a so-called "recomposition" by Max Richter.

Students of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han perform a free 3 p.m. concert of piano trios at Harris Concert Hall.

Following their students’ performance, Finckel and Wu Han play an 8:30 recital program at Harris Concert Hall, consisting of sonatas by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Debussy and Benjamin Britten.

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han discuss their new chamber music studio at the Aspen Music Festival with one of their students, 15-year-old pianist Agata Sorotokin. 

And director Edward Berkeley previews the first opera of the 65th season, Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.”

The Takacs Quartet finishes its survey of the complete string quartets by Bela Bartok tonight at 7:30 at Harris Concert Hall.

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