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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Tonight at 7:30, the venerable Takacs Quartet begins their traversal of the complete six quartets by 20th-century Hungarian composer Bela Bartok.

After a busy opening weekend, today is a relatively quiet day but still offering plenty for the public: a free tent tour and chamber music at Harris Concert Hall.  

The Aspen Music Festival and School is in full swing this weekend with three crowded days of concerts and other activities.

AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher discusses the first concert of the 65th season.  Tonight's program features Philip Glass' 2010 multimedia composition "Icarus at the Edge of Time" and piano wunderkind Conrad Tao performing Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto.  For more information, click here.

To the sounds of brass fanfares and inspiring words, convocation took place Monday afternoon at the Benedict Music Tent.

Like last year, the keynote address was given by Music Director Robert Spano who reflected on this season's theme of "Conscience and Beauty."

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