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A FESTIVAL FOR VIOLIN LOVERS!

GREAT VIOLINISTS, GREAT CONCERTOS

Come to a feast for everyone who loves the violin! Fifteen superlative violinists perform the great concertos, every piece is complete, and they’re all on video. This course gives you a whole new level of insight by giving the opportunity to see these geniuses perform as well as hear them. The stellar roster includes the brightest stars of the current generation: Joshua Bell (Tchaikovsky), Fabio Biondi (Vivaldi), James Ehnes (Bruch), Julia Fischer (Dvořák), Hilary Hahn (Glazunov), Janine Jansen (Brahms, Vaughan Williams), Anne-Mutter Mutter (Mozart), Gil Shaham (Barber) and Maxim Vengerov (Sibelius), as well as artists from earlier generations such as Jascha Heifetz (Tchaikovsky), Itzhak Perlman (Beethoven), David Oistrakh (Bach, Shostakovich), Yehudi Menuhin (Bach), Nathan Milstein (Mendelssohn) and Isaac Stern (Bach).

The course also includes master film documentarian Tony Palmer’s Ivry Gitlis and the Great Tradition, a vibrant portrait of an exceptional violinist who is also a truly wonderful human being; a spellbinding masterclass with Maxim Vengerov; and a hilarious visit with the most famous amateur violinist of all time. Don Anderson will add to your enjoyment with fascinating background information on the artists, the music, and the history and construction of the violin.

Daytime session: Six Mondays, October 16 to November 20, 2017
12:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Evening session: Six Wednesdays, October 18 to November 22, 2017
7:00 pm to 9:15 pm
Location: University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave.
Fee: $150.00
Please note that contents, fees and locations are subject to change.
To register, and for further information, please call the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts @ 204 988 7650 or log on to www.mcma.ca.


GREAT CANADIAN CLASSICAL MUSICIANS

Canada has a glorious history of producing world-class classical music performers. In this rich and widely varied session, Don Anderson demonstrates just how bountifully we have been blessed. It offers CD and DVD performances by such artists as pianists Glenn Gould, Marc-André Hamelin, Anton Kuerti, Angela Hewitt, and Janina Fialkowska; violinist James Ehnes; singers Maureen Forrester, Lois Marshall, Ben Heppner, and Tracy Dahl; and the symphony orchestras of Winnipeg, Toronto and Montréal. Happy 150th birthday, Canada!
Wednesday Oct 4, 2017
10:00am to 12:15pm
Fee: $30
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.


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.


CELEBRATE THE GREATEST MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE ERA!

BAROQUE MASTERS

Savour some of the grandest music composed between 1600 and 1750, in this gloriously entertaining music appreciation course. You’ll hear a wide-ranging assortment of instrumental and vocal works that exemplify the German, Italian, French and English schools of the period: music by more than 20 composers, including Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell, Corelli, Pachelbel, Telemann, Gabrieli, Pergolesi, Scarlatti, and many others. You’ll also learn about these composers’ lives, and delve into the artistic and social forces that shaped their era.

The superlative lineup of performers on CD and DVD includes singers Cecilia Bartoli and Karina Gauvin; orchestras such as Tafelmusik, Academy of Ancient Music, Musica Antiqua of Cologne, and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; conductors Trevor Pinnock, Sir Simon Rattle, Christopher Hogwood, Sir Neville Marriner, Frans Brüggen, and Sir Charles Mackerras; piano and harpsichord soloists Glenn Gould, Angela Hewitt, Kenneth Gilbert and Igor Kipnis; violinist James Ehnes; trumpeter Maurice André; The Canadian Brass; and the choir known as The Sixteen.

Four Mondays, April 17 to May 8, 2017, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Fee: $80


STARTS ON THURSDAY! HURRY AND JOIN DON TO CELEBRATE THE MAGNIFICENT FILMS OF POWELL & PRESSBURGER

LOVE, DANCE & MAGIC: FIVE FILMS OF MICHAEL POWELL AND EMERIC PRESSBURGER

English filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (together known as The Archers) pooled their superlative talents to create some of the most imaginative, colourful, and emotionally satisfying films made anywhere in the world during the 1940s. This course celebrates five of their finest movies, which they created in the incredibly brief period of just five years. Don Anderson will introduce each film with extensive background information and trivia. Fascinating behind-the-scenes documentaries and interviews will further enhance your enjoyment.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) follows the colourful adventures of a career English soldier (Roger Livesey) from the Boer War to World War Two, as the concepts of warfare, friendship, love, and honour underwent enormous changes. Deborah Kerr co-stars as the love(s) of his life.
I Know Where I’m Going! (1945): A headstrong young English woman (Wendy Hiller) journeys to Scotland to marry her wealthy fiancé, but love and Mother Nature may have other plans for her.
A Matter of Life and Death (1946): An English World War Two flying ace (David Niven) is mistakenly sent to heaven before his time. He seeks to resume his life on earth, with the help of the American soldier (Kim Hunter) he has fallen in love with.
Black Narcissus (1947): A Mother Superior (Deborah Kerr) and her fellow English nuns seek to establish a mission in the Himalayas, with disturbing and uniquely atmospheric results. The breathtaking cinematography and art direction won Oscars.
The Red Shoes (1948): Powell and Pressburger’s most famous movie, an absorbing look behind the scenes at a world-class ballet company, inspired countless young women to try their hands at becoming a ballerina. Moira Shearer and Anton Walbrook head the cast. The number one box office film in North America for 1948, it won Oscars for art direction and musical scoring, and received nominations for picture, writing, and editing.

Five Thursdays, January 29 to February 26, 2015
Please note the 12:30 pm start times for The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and The Red Shoes. All other classes run from 1:00 pm to 4:00 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.


DON TO WRITE PROGRAM NOTES FOR LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND ROTTERDAM PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

I’m delighted to announce that through my recently established relationship with New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, I will be writing program notes for two touring concerts by world-class orchestras: the London Symphony Orchestra (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor) and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor). The concerts take place in February and March 2015.


LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP! DON EXPLORES GREAT SYMPHONIES AT U OF W

GREAT SYMPHONIES

It’s the crème de la crème of orchestral music: 16 superlative examples of the most highly regarded orchestral form: the symphony! You’ll hear or watch complete performances of the great symphonies of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and other front-rank composers. Each piece will be examined in detail and placed within the musical and historical context of its period. CDs and DVDs will feature the very finest conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Riccardo Chailly, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Roger Norrington and Valery Gergiev. It’s the perfect introduction to symphonic music, and is suitable for any level of musical knowledge. The course includes four symphonies that the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will be performing during the 2014/15 season, by Haydn (No. 101), Sibelius (No. 7), Copland (No. 3) and Shostakovich (No. 5).

Great Symphonies
Course # D55 21119 1401
Eight Mondays, September 8 to November 3, 2014 (no class Oct. 13)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave.
Manitoba Hall, Second Floor, Room 2M74
*Please note change in venue.

Fee: $96
Call 204 982 6633 and register today!


ALL 3 SESSIONS OF ‘A TASTE OF VENICE’ ARE SOLD OUT! THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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, complete with beautiful images of the city, 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 and Tuesday July 15 sections are sold out.
Third section: Tuesday July 29
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.


UPCOMING FILM & MUSIC COURSES AT MCNALLY ROBINSON, THROUGH MAY 2018

GREAT CANADIAN CLASSICAL MUSICIANS

Canada has a glorious history of producing world-class classical music performers. In this rich and widely varied session, Don Anderson demonstrates just how bountifully we have been blessed. It offers CD and DVD performances by such artists as pianists Glenn Gould, Marc-André Hamelin, Anton Kuerti, Angela Hewitt, and Janina Fialkowska; violinist James Ehnes; singers Maureen Forrester, Lois Marshall, Ben Heppner, and Tracy Dahl; and the symphony orchestras of Winnipeg, Toronto and Montréal. Happy 150th birthday, Canada!
Wednesday Oct 4, 2017
10:00am to 12:15pm
Fee: $30

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, a 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

UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN:
A SCANDINAVIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Come and enjoy a feast of some of the most colourful and melodic music in the world! In this enchanting survey of Scandinavian classics, Don Anderson takes you beyond the familiar works of Grieg and Sibelius (although they’re included, of course!) to mine a treasure chest of engaging, mostly folk-flavoured works from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, spanning the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Examples of authentic folk melodies will show you the roots of this music. Featured performers on CD and DVD include conductors Leonard Bernstein, Sir Simon Rattle, Neeme Järvi, Sir Colin Davis, Herbert von Karajan and Sir Thomas Beecham, pianist Emil Gilels, violinists Maxim Vengerov and Gil Shaham, singers Barbara Bonney and Anne Sofie von Otter, and percussion superstar Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Five Tuesdays, March 13 to April 10, 2018
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Fee: $100

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: $80

All these courses take 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.


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 Classical Kaleidoscope, presented by MusicNet, my fantastic new radio show! I’ll be presenting a wide variety of great music, from Baroque to contemporary, familiar and beloved works plus out-of-the-way gems I’m sure you will enjoy. I will almost always be playing complete works. To enrich your enjoyment, I will back up the music with plenty of good old-fashioned background information and anecdotes, gleaned from my 35-plus years of professional experience at advocating great music. 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!