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Don Anderson

Praised by the Winnipeg Free Press as “Winnipeg’s classical music hero” and for “an astounding musical career,” 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. 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 is one of North America’s most widely published authors of program notes. Since he began writing them 33 years ago, he has written more than 170 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 Mostly Mozart Festival at the 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 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 CBC, Harmonia Mundi, 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 world-class solo artists.

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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JOIN DON TO EXPLORE THE MUSIC OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR ERA

MUSIC OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

The music of the First World War era strongly reflected the times – tumultuous and dramatic, to be sure, but also heart-warming and inspiring. This entertaining and stimulating presentation covers every facet of it. On the popular music side, you’ll hear vintage recordings of such beloved songs as Pack All Your Troubles, and Roses of Picardy (sung by John McCormack), and watch Irving Berlin sing his own jaunty soldier’s lament, Oh! How I Hate to Get up in the Morning. You’ll hear recent songs referencing the era, too, including John McCutcheon’s moving ballad Christmas in the Trenches. On the classical side, selections by Elgar, Holst, Ravel and other great composers will demonstrate the contrasting ways in which they reacted to events of the day.

Tuesday August 26, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00 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, log on to www.grantmcnallyrobinson.ca. or drop by the store.

JOIN DON FOR A DELIGHTFUL AND DELICIOUS TASTE OF VENICE! FIRST SECTION SOLD OUT – SECOND SECTION ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND!

A TASTE OF VENICE

If you can’t make it to Europe this summer, we offer the next best thing: a multi-faceted taste of one of its most magical cities – Venice! The event begins with wine and delicious Italian snacks from McNally Robinson’s Prairie Ink Restaurant and Bakery, while you’re serenaded by the most beautiful Italian music (Pavarotti, Verdi, Puccini, Vivaldi, Rossini…). Your host Don Anderson will present a capsule history of Venice, then introduce the classic film Summertime (1955). Katherine Hepburn stars as a spinster who finds love while vacationing in the bewitching Italian city of canals and gondolas. Gorgeously filmed on location and in Technicolor by master director Sir David Lean (Dr. Zhivago), it received Academy Award nominations for actress and director. It was so popular that tourist visits to Venice doubled the year following its release!

Tuesday July 8 section is sold out.
Second section: Tuesday July 15
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Fee: $30

This event takes place in the Community Classroom at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave. To register, please call 204 475 0483, log on to www.grantmcnallyrobinson.ca. or drop by the store.

TUNE IN TO DON’S NEW WEEKLY RADIO SHOW!

Tune in to CKUW, 95.9 FM, every Wednesday afternoon from 2 pm to 4 pm for my fantastic new radio show! I’ll be presenting a wide variety of great music, from Baroque to contemporary, backed up with plenty of fascinating background information and anecdotes to enhance your enjoyment. I will also be focusing on Winnipeg’s rich array of live concerts, regularly previewing the music that will be performed at them. There will be ticket giveaways, visits from special guests and much much more!