Tuning In — Conversations with Eric Friesen

"Friesen’s remarkable capacity to reach into the fascinating world of musical process and personality, and draw out illuminating and inspiring discourse, is second to none."

A lifelong broadcaster, Eric Friesen thinks of himself as “a pilgrim of creative change and renewal.” At Music in the Morning, Friesen indeed brought his name, voice and talents to Tuning In—now a highly successful series of interviews with celebrated Canadian personalities. In this season of conversations about music, Friesen has put together lineup of interviews with a diverse group of individuals from the world of Canadian arts and letters—one that is sure to entertain, engage, and even surprise us.


Eric Friesen is a broadcaster, writer, speaker and consultant on music, broadcasting, culture and faith, and is the Program Director for Winnipeg's classical and jazz station, Classic. He has spent much of his life as a network classical music and culture host, producer and executive for Minnesota Public Radio and CBC Radio, where he hosted such programs as Studio Sparks, among many others. Friesen is a regular contributor to the National Arts Centre, The Banff Centre, Angela Hewitt’s Trasimeno International Music Festival (Umbria, Italy), Ottawa’s Music & Beyond Festival, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Montreal International Chamber Music Festival, and Vancouver’s Music in the Morning series. He writes regularly for Queen’s Quarterly and NUVO magazine.

In addition to his leadership role as Chairman of Honens, Friesen is an Honorary Governor of Massey Hall/Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto; immediate Past Chairman of the Kingston WritersFest, Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the English Department of the University of Waterloo, and regularly leads a book club for inmates at Collins Bay Penitentiary in Kingston, Ontario. He divides his time between Amherst Island in Ontario’s Thousand Islands and Winnipeg.

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