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Don Anderson

Praised in the Winnipeg Free Press as “Winnipeg’s classical music hero” and for “an astounding musical career,” and on CBC Radio as “Manitoba’s foremost musical historian,” Don Anderson is an internationally recognized advocate of classical music. He has 40 years’ professional experience in celebrating it through print, radio, and teaching.

Don is one of North America’s most widely published authors of program notes. Since he began writing them 35 years ago, he has written 200 seasons’ worth, for 25 orchestras, chamber ensembles and schools, from British Columbia and California to New York and Vermont, from Manitoba and Minnesota to Texas and Arkansas, as well as the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. His latest client is the prestigious Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. His other clients have included the major symphonies of Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Rochester (New York), and San José (California). He has also written notes for touring performances by the London Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the orchestras of Montréal, Ottawa (National Arts Centre Orchestra) and Québec, as well as feature articles for many of his clients. His CD liner notes appear on the Chandos, Harmonia Mundi, CBC and TSO Live labels. For the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, he has also written season brochures and concert presentations, and has hosted intermission chats in tandem with such world-class solo artists as violinists Maxim Vengerov and Janine Jansen.

He is the author, publisher and distributor of the best-selling book Tuning the Forks: A Celebration of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. It has been hailed as “the best book on music-making in Canada (and for that matter, much wider afield) that I’ve ever read, and a serious work of art in itself.” – Bramwell Tovey

Don has contributed articles to magazines in Canada and abroad, such as Opera Canada, the SwissAir Gazette, and the program books of England’s Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He wrote for the Winnipeg Free Press, the city’s major newspaper, over a 25-year period (1977-2002). His contributions included reviews of concerts, recordings, videos and movies, plus feature articles and interviews. He is also a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Manitoba. MORE >>

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DON PRESENTS FIVE MORE OUTSTANDING SCREEN ADAPTATIONS OF CLASSIC NOVELS!

GREAT BOOKS GREAT MOVIES 2

By popular demand, Don Anderson presents another collection of superlative screen adaptations of classic novels. The five books were written by revered authors from England, the USA, and France, and appeared over more than a century of time: 1831 to 1939. The films were released over a period of 40 years, 1939 to 1979. They received 31 Oscar nominations – four of them were nominated for best picture – and won 10 Academy Awards. Don will introduce each film with extensive background information, and absorbing interviews and documentaries will enhance your enjoyment.

Wuthering Heights (1939): The mist-shrouded moors of central England are the setting for this passionate romance, from Emily Brontë’s celebrated 1847 novel. The cast is headed by Laurence Olivier in his star-making role, and Merle Oberon in her finest performance. Eight Oscar nominations (including picture, director and actor) and one win.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939): In this greatest of all screen versions of French author Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, the pathetic bell-ringer of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral falls in love with a beautiful gypsy girl. Charles Laughton gives an unforgettable performance in the lead role, ably supported by Maureen O’Hara in her Hollywood debut. This lavishly produced and deeply moving film received Oscar nominations for music and sound.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940): This superlative adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1939 novel follows a family of migrant workers through the dust bowl years of the Great Depression. It received seven Oscar nominations and won for director (John Ford, the second of his four Academy Awards) and supporting actress (Jane Darwell). Henry Fonda heads the cast.
The Heiress (1949): Henry James’s 1880 novel Washington Square was the basis for this excellent drama set in New York high society. Olivia de Havilland took home an Oscar for her brilliant performance as a shy young woman who lives under the thumb of her cold-hearted father (Sir Ralph Richardson). Montgomery Clift co-stars as her suitor. Master director William Wyler’s film was nominated for eight Oscars and won four.
Tess (1979): Thomas Hardy’s 1891 novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles came to the screen in this gorgeously photographed and touching film. Nastassia Kinski, Peter Firth and Leigh Lawson head the cast, in the story of an innocent young country girl beset by the strict moral standards of her day. The film received six Oscar nominations and won for cinematography, art direction and costume design. Please note: this session will run approximately three hours and 30 minutes.

Five Tuesdays, April 17 to May 15, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, except as noted
Fee: $85
This course takes place in the Community Classroom at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave. To register, please call 204 475 0483, drop by the store, or log on to www.mcnallyrobinson.com and click on Community Classroom. Please note that contents, fees and dates are subject to change.

DON TAKES YOU INSIDE THE PASSIONATE WORLD OF MASSENET’S OPERA WERTHER!

Based on the celebrated novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, French composer Jules Massenet’s melodious, gloriously romantic opera Werther will receive its Manitoba Opera première. To enhance your enjoyment, Don will present a one-hour opera primer in which he will discuss the background of the opera, and present DVD excerpts that will showcase its beautiful style and compelling characters. Admission is free but registration is required. Please log on to www.manitobaopera.mb.ca or call 204 944 8824.

Sunday, April 23, 2 pm
Theatre, Université de Saint-Boniface
200 Avenue de la Cathedrale

CELBRATE THE CONSUMMATE ARTISTRY OF LEGENDARY DIRECTOR FRED ZINNEMANN!

FRED ZINNEMANN CLASSICS

Fred who? High Noon, From Here to Eternity Fred, that’s who! Immensely successful during his lengthy career, but largely neglected in recent years, director Fred Zinnemann created a superlative body of work that excels in powerful emotions, excellent acting, literate, mature scripts and meticulous production values. In short, he was a class act all the way, and this enormously entertaining course gives him the retrospective tribute he richly deserves. Don Anderson will enhance your enjoyment of the films with extensive background information, including absorbing interviews and numerous excerpts from Zinnemann’s autobiography.

The Search (1948): This deeply moving drama follows a Czech boy’s search for his mother in the rubble of post-second-world-war Germany. Eleven-year-old Ivan Jandl received a special outstanding juvenile performance Oscar for this film, and Montgomery Clift made his screen debut as a kindly American soldier who helps him. It brought Zinnemann the first of his seven nominations for the best director Oscar.
High Noon (1952): On his wedding day, the principled marshal of a small western town (Gary Cooper) must face a gang of vengeful outlaws without help from the people he protects, in this heart-pounding suspense classic. Co-starring Grace Kelly and Lloyd Bridges, it won four Oscars, including best actor for Cooper.
From Here to Eternity (1953): This searing drama focuses on a group of American soldiers, stationed in Hawaii, leading up to the Pearl Harbour attack. The stellar cast includes Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra (supporting actor Oscar), and Donna Reed (supporting actress). It received 13 Oscar nominations and won eight, including picture and director.
A Man for All Seasons (1966): Sixteenth-century English statesman Sir Thomas More wrestles with his conscience as King Henry VIII pressures him to approve the king’s divorce. Paul Scofield’s towering lead performance won an Oscar, and the film received five additional Oscars including picture and director. The exceptional cast includes Wendy Hiller, Susanna York, Robert Shaw, John Hurt, Leo McKern and Orson Welles.
The Day of the Jackal (1973): Zinnemann’s gripping, semi-documentary-style suspense drama details the intricacies of a plot to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle. Edward Fox stars as The Jackal, an exceptionally resourceful and determined hit man.
Julia (1977): Based on renowned author Lillian Hellmann’s book of character sketches, this compelling drama follows her relationship with a childhood friend who draws her into a dangerous political mission to Europe on the brink of the Second World War. Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave head the cast. The film received 11 Oscar nominations, including picture and director, and it won for supporting actress (Redgrave), supporting actor (Jason Robards), and adapted screenplay.

Six Tuesdays, Oct 24 to Nov 28, 2017
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Fee: $100

This course takes place in the Community Classroom at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave. To register, please call 204 475 0483, drop by the store, or log on to www.mcnallyrobinson.com and click on Community Classroom. Please note that contents, fees and dates are subject to change.