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with Eric Friesen
About the Program
Eric Friesen, former Minnesota Public Radio host and a current voice on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, returns to MPR to host a 13-week series of unique concert performances by Canada's leading artists, often in collaboration with internationally acclaimed musicians.

About the Host
Eric is a veteran public broadcaster who has had a marvelously eclectic professional life in both Canada and the US. He joined CBC Radio in Ottawa in 1972 and hosted network and regional programs in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Toronto. In 1980, he became Director of Network Operations of CBC Radio, and then Head, Radio Arts, Features and Humanities.

In 1984, Eric was named Executive Vice President of American Public Radio in St. Paul, Minnesota (now Public Radio International), a public radio distribution and program investment company. In 1991, Eric returned to the studio side of broadcasting as a classical music host for Minnesota Public Radio. He was network host of the Minnesota Orchestra broadcasts and host of the daily afternoon drive show called The Music Room.

In 1997, Eric returned to CBC radio in Toronto. He has also co-hosted the series Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century, which was aired on CBC Radio and on public radio stations throughout the United States and Australia.

In addition to his broadcast work, Eric is active in the arts and music community. He is a director of the Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall and a member of the Music Director Search Committee of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He is a past director of the Minnesota Opera, the American Composers' Guild, The Minnesota College of the Performing Arts and Conrad Grebel College at the University of Waterloo.
Program Schedule
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