Don Anderson – Music Appreciation

Specializes In:

Music Appreciation Courses

Biography

Don Anderson is an internationally recognized advocate of classical music. He has more than 30 years’ 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 has written more than 125 seasons’ worth of program notes and feature articles for 20 orchestras, chamber ensembles and schools throughout North America, from British Columbia and California to New York and Vermont, from Manitoba and Minnesota to Texas and Arkansas, and as far afield as the United Kingdom and Switzerland. His clients include the major symphonies of Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa (National Arts Centre Orchestra), Quebec, Rochester (New York) and Fresno (California). His CD liner notes appear on the CBC and Harmonia Mundi labels. His notes have embellished performances by a “who’s who” of today’s most acclaimed musicians: Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Maxim Vengerov, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joshua Bell, Frederica von Stade, Samuel Ramey, Sir James Galway, Pinchas Zukerman, Emanuel Ax, Ben Heppner, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Jarvi, Sir Andrew Davis, Marin Alsop and Leonard Slatkin among them. They have been distributed at Carnegie Hall, New York in support of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony in October 2008, and at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincon Center, New York in support of the Mannes Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony in February 2009.

Don has researched and/or written scripts for Musically Speaking concerts by the Vancouver and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, hosted such well-known media personalities as Vicki Gabereau, Fred Davis, Leon Cole and Jurgen Gothe. He has interviewed numerous stars of popular music, including Henry Mancini, Shirley Jones, Marvin Hamlisch and Erich Kunzel.

His closest relationship in the orchestral field has been with his hometown band, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Don was associated with them from 1981 to 2008. His activities included writing program notes, feature articles, season brochures and radio and print advertisements, creating and maintaining the orchestra’s repertoire database, and hosting pre-concert chats (1989-2006). For the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, he has hosted intermission chats (joined by the internationally renowned violin soloists Maxim Vengerov and Janine Jansen), and written season brochures and concert presentations. Don began his association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1982. As a producer, writer and commentator, he has contributed to such nationally broadcast radio programs as DiscDrive, Northern Lights, Music for a While, Take Five, RSVP, Command Performance, That Time of the Night, Mostly Music, Arts National, and Sound Track. Manitoba-area shows including Arts Encounters and the Weekend Morning Show, and several music specials for television. He has also served as a media librarian for more than 20 years.

He has written articles for 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 is a contributor to The Encyclopaedia of Manitoba. 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.

Don has taught continuing education courses in music appreciation at the University of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts (MCMA), has given illustrated presentations for Manitoba Opera and the Asper Jewish Community Campus, and served as archivist for the Manitoba Composers Association.

Education/Training

He has more than 30 years’ experience in celebrating it through print, radio and teaching

Career Highlights

He has more than 30 years’ 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. Don has written more than 125 seasons’ worth of program notes and feature articles for 20 orchestras, chamber ensembles and schools throughout North America, from British Columbia and California to New York and Vermont, from Manitoba and Minnesota to Texas and Arkansas, and as far afield as the United Kingdom and Switzerland. He wrote for the Winnipeg Free Press, the city’s major newspaper, over a 25 year period (1977-2002).

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