November 19, 2013 (Boston, MA) – The Handel and Haydn Society has appointed Matthew Erikson to the role of Public Relations and Communications Manager. Erikson brings to H&H over 10 years of experience in journalism and public relations. Trained as a classical pianist at Amherst College and the Hartt School of Music, he completed a master’s degree in journalism at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism in 2010. Erikson began his career as a staff writer for the Hartford (Conn.) Courant and has freelanced for the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Arizona Republic. In addition, Erikson was an announcer and writer for WRR, the classical music station for Dallas/Fort Worth. He also worked for three summer seasons at Aspen Public Radio covering the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Marie-Hélène Bernard, Executive Director/CEO, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Matt to the Handel and Haydn Society. His extensive media experience and musical expertise will be tremendous assets as we head toward our Bicentennial.”
Erikson was a 2007 Fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism and a press juror for the 2007 Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition. Matthew hails from western Massachusetts and has extensive family in the greater Boston area.
“I am very excited to return to a part of the country that is so culturally rich and intellectually stimulating,” said Erikson. “Handel and Haydn Society is certainly one of New England’s cultural gems, and I am honored to be part of an organization universally regarded for its high artistic standards, strong leadership vision, and enduring connection to the Boston community.”
ABOUT HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY
Handel and Haydn Society is a professional Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus and an internationally recognized leader in the field of Historically Informed Performance, a revelatory style that uses the instruments and techniques of the composer’s time. Founded in Boston in 1815, H&H is considered the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States and has a longstanding commitment to excellence and innovation: it gave the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s The Creation (1819), Verdi’s Requiem (1878), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). H&H will celebrate its 200th anniversary with the 2014–2015 Season.
Handel and Haydn today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, is committed to its mission to enrich life and influence culture by performing Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence, and by providing engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education and training activities. H&H is widely known through its local subscription series, tours, concert broadcasts on WGBH/99.5 Classical New England and National Public Radio, and recordings. Its recording of Sir John Tavener’s Lamentations and Praises won a 2003 Grammy Award and two of its recordings, All is Bright and Peace, appeared simultaneously in the top ten on Billboard Magazine’s classical music chart. Since the release of its first collaboration with Harry Christophers on the CORO label in September 2010, it has made available three live commercial recordings of works by Mozart – Mass in C Minor (2010), Requiem (2011), and Coronation Mass (2012) – as well as Haydn, Vol. 1 (September 2013) and Joy to the World: An American Christmas (October 2013).
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