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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Alan Fletcher,  Aspen Music Festival and School President and CEO, and Artistic Administrator Asadour Santourian preview the upcoming 65th season.  Among the topics is this year's theme of "Conscience and Beauty." Also for discussion is this season's emphasis on the music of Benjamin Britten, in honor of the birth centennial of the English composer.

"Conscience and beauty"--it's the theme for the upcoming 65th season of the Aspen Music Festival and School.  Festival President & CEO Alan Fletcher and Artistic Administrator Asadour Santourian discuss the origins and planning behind this programming concept.  For more information, click here.

Aspen Music Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher discusses this season's emphasis on the music of Benjamin Britten (1913-1976).  For more information, click here.

Festival Showcase continues its rebroadcasts of interviews from seasons past. On today’s show, host Matt Erikson interviews pianist Orli Shaham who discusses what it was like growing up in the shadow of the Aspen Music Festival.  And AMFS Music Director Robert Spano talks about one of last season’s most adventurous and ambitious programs, Messiaen’s “From the Canyons to the Stars.”

In anticipation of this season’s Aspen Music Festival and School, we’re running some of our “best of” interviews with festival artists and staff. On today’s archive program of “Festival Showcase,” hear pianist Joseph Kalichstein discuss teaching, the value of competitions and Aspen’s allure. Also, luthier Joan Balter recounts stories of teaching legend Dorothy DeLay and violinists Joshua Bell, Midori and Sarah Chang as child prodigies.

In preparation for this season’s Aspen Music Festival and School, we’re running some of the “best of” interviews with festival artists.  On today’s archive program of “Festival Showcase,” listen to conductor/early music specialist Nicholas McGegan discuss Baroque interpretation and compare and contrast different recordings of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”  Also, the busy cello-piano duo of David Finckel and Wu Han talk about chamber music and plans for the future. 

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