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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 more than 35 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 34 years ago, he has written more than 180 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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TAKE A THRILLING, ROMANTIC RIDE WITH BOGART, HEPBURN & THE AFRICAN QUEEN!

THE AFRICAN QUEEN

It’s an adventure, it’s a romance, it’s a comedy – it’s the beloved classic film The African Queen - restored to all its original Technicolor glory! You’ll take a suspenseful ride with a mismatched couple – a crusty, hard-drinking riverboat captain and a straight-laced missionary – as they make their way down an African river through dangerous, German-occupied territory during the First World War. Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn star in this tremendously entertaining movie that received four Academy Award nominations and won Bogart his only Oscar. Don Anderson will introduce the film with plentiful background information and trivia.

Tuesday August 30, 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm
Fee: $20

This event 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.

OCEANS OF GREAT MUSIC AT McNALLY ROBINSON!

CLASSICAL WATER MUSIC

Water – and all the marvelous things associated with it – has inspired many composers to create a host of fascinating and appealing works, depicting everything from the siren song of exotic ports of call and the soft patter of raindrops on a widow-pane, to the tumult of stormy seas. Don Anderson is your guide to this ocean of colourful and evocative music. He will illuminate all his selections through fascinating background information about the pieces and their creators. Works to be heard on CD and watched on DVD include music by Chopin, Schubert, Dvořák, Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana, Vaughan Williams, Respighi and Debussy – and of course the glorious Water Music by George Frideric Handel, in a spectacular live, big-band period instrument video performance at the BBC Proms!

Tuesday August 23, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Fee: $20

This event 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.

SPEND A GLORIOUS SUMMER AFTERNOON IN PARIS!

VISIONS OF PARIS

Don Anderson takes you to Paris, the romantic capital of the world! The fabulous event kicks off with a history/travelogue, complete with beautiful imagery and Don’s personal reminiscences of the city. Then you’ll be thoroughly entertained by Gigi (1958), the classic movie musical that won nine Oscars including picture, director and screenplay. Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan star in this comic and romantic treat that was gloriously filmed on location in Paris. It’s filled with wonderful melodies such as the Oscar-winning title song, I Remember It Well, and The Night They Invented Champagne. C’est magnifique!

Two presentations to choose from (please note new dates):
Tuesday August 9, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Tuesday August 16, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Fee: $25

This event 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.