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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 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. 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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SPEND A GLORIOUS AFTERNOON VIENNESE-STYLE, WITH WINE, WALTZES AND THE CLASSIC MOVIE ‘THE THIRD MAN’ !

A TASTE OF VIENNA

Following up on last year’s enormously popular A Taste of Venice, host Don Anderson offers an entertaining, scrumptious and beautiful tribute to the city of Sacher torte, coffee with whipped cream, and waltzes – Vienna! The multi-faceted event begins with a glass of Austrian wine and a scrumptious Viennese-style snack from McNally Robinson’s Prairie Ink Café and Bakery, while you’re serenaded by beautiful melodies by Vienna’s most beloved composers, the Strauss family. Next, Don will present a capsule history/tour of Vienna, complete with beautiful images. Then you’ll enjoy the classic movie The Third Man (1949). Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles and Trevor Howard star in this suspenseful and atmospheric mystery filmed on location in post-war Vienna and complete with a haunting zither music soundtrack. Frequently referred to as “the greatest British film ever made,” it will be shown in its original, full-length European version, not the shortened and less impressive American edition.

Two presentations to choose from:
Tuesday July 7, 2015
Tuesday July 14, 2015
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Fee: $40

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.

EXPLORE THE FASCINATING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TWO OF HISTORY’S GREATEST COMPOSERS!

BEST OF FRIENDS: BRAHMS & DVOŘÁK

This intriguing course explores the relationships – personal and musical – that link two of the nineteenth century’s finest composers: Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák. These two masters, so utterly different in personality and beliefs, became close friends and influenced each other’s music in fascinating ways. You’ll learn much about their lives and instructor Don Anderson will read from their correspondence. You’ll hear a wide variety of music by both composers, including symphonies, concertos, choral works, chamber music and piano solos, performed by a galaxy of great artists including the London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist James Ehnes, cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Mstislav Rostropovich, and singers Renée Fleming and Maureen Forrester. The course will conclude with a stunning live concert DVD of music by both composers, with Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.

Five Wednesdays, Apr. 15 – May 13, 2015
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Fee: $80

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.

Five Wednesdays, Apr. 15 – May 13, 2015
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Fee: $80

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.

HURRY – STARTS ON THURSDAY! JOIN DON TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MOVIE LEGEND JAMES STEWART!

This enormously entertaining course pays homage to one of the most beloved and most versatile movie actors in history – James Stewart. It covers the full range of his career, from early to late, whimsical to nightmarish, from high society drawing rooms to western plains to the courtroom. It presents three of the five films for which he was nominated for an Oscar (including the winner). Don Anderson will introduce each movie with plentiful background information and trivia, and bonus documentaries, interviews and short subjects (including a hilarious Jack Benny TV episode) will enrich your appreciation of this revered screen icon.

The Philadelphia Story (1940): Stewart won his only Academy Award for this enchanting romantic comedy. He plays a tabloid-style reporter who’s covering the impending marriage of a wealthy Pennsylvania socialite. Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn co-star.
Winchester `73 (1950): In one of the key films that revived the western in a new, more mature and psychologically complex style for the post-World War Two era, Stewart plays the owner of a prize rifle who pursues it from place to place after it is stolen. Shelley Winters and Dan Duryea co-star.
Vertigo (1958): The best of Stewart’s four films with Alfred Hitchcock has been hailed as one of the finest pictures of all time. It’s a spellbinding thriller that leads Stewart’s retired San Francisco detective, who has a fear of heights, into a maze of mystery and suspense.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959): Stewart’s humble but wily small-town attorney defends a soldier who’s been accused of killing the man who raped his wife, in this tense, absorbing courtroom thriller. Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara and George C. Scott co-star.
Harvey (1950): Stewart was the perfect choice to portray Elwood P. Dowd, a wise, gentle fellow whose constant companion (he claims) is a tall, invisible rabbit named Harvey. Will society let him be, or will his sister (Josephine Hull, Oscar winner for best supporting actress) succeed in having him institutionalized?

Five Thursdays, April 2 to April 30, 2015
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Please note: the class on April 23 (Anatomy of a Murder) begins at 12:30 pm.

Fee: $80

This course is held 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.