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Stalin & Me

Thanks to a video featuring Michael Tilson Thomas and posted by Patty, Miss Mussel has discovered that she and Stalin have something in common. Thankfully, it is not the mustache. While Miss Mussel favours the Chick Corea/Bobby McFerrin version, really…

Tribond

Remember that board game where you were given a list of three things and then you had to guess what they had in common? Well we’re playing here at the OM and it’s your turn. Put your guesses in the…

Everything You Thought You Knew Is Wrong

No, seriously. Miss Mussel has been collecting news items over the last few weeks that are perfect for facilitating conversations with [read: pushing the buttons of] your Christmas dinner companions. After all, there’s nothing better for strengthening family relations than…

Unsilent Night – Cambridge – 2009

Monday was Unsilent Night in Miss Mussel’s corner of the universe. The crowd that gathered to stroll through the town centre was rather large although only one in ten had any sort of audio device. Mere Mussel’s best efforts were…

Matt Andersen – O Holy Night – Vinyl Cafe

Reader A. brings tidings of great joy – Matt Andersen and O Holy Night have made it onto Youtube courtesy of Techy72. Now you can see what had Miss Mussel at a loss for words – no mean feat! Andersen…

Review: Vinyl Cafe Christmas

It is often an uneasy surprise to see the person behind a voice for the first time. They rarely look or behave how we imagined they would and it can take the mind a while to reconcile the two realities….

And So It Begins

Today is the first Sunday of Advent and also the first day of a new ecclesiastical year. Miss Mussel is not a cradle Anglican and is still learning the ropes, so the rhythm of the church year and the rituals…

The Day Thou Gavest

A tweet by @jessicaduchen noting that it gets dark in London by 4:30 at this time of year put Miss Mussel in mind of her favourite time of year in Manchester. 200 miles further north and on the same latitude…

Review: Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra

In today’s Waterloo Region Record Thanks to Toronto concert presenter Soundstreams, The Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society and a Canada Council grant, a top-drawer string orchestra came to town Wednesday night. The Perimeter Institute brings some great talent to town, but…

Review: DaCapo Chamber Choir

In today’s Record Saturday evening was the the DaCapo Chamber Choir’s opening concert and it was, in a word, brilliant. Their concerts are always beautifully sung and thoughtfully programmed, but at Saturday’s concert at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church…

Thoughts On The Berliner Mauerfall

These were meant to be posted on Monday in honour of the Berliner Mauerfall commemoration. Celebration doesn’t seem like quite the right word, particularly since even now, 20 years on, not all Berliners are convinced that this modern day Jericho…

Review: KWS Back To Baroque

In today’s Record The immensely popular Back To Baroque Series presented by the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony had its first concert Wednesday evening at First United Church in Kitchener. Although the title is a bit misleading & music from the Baroque…

Blast From The Not So Distant Past: Carl Stalling

A good friend has recently turned Miss Mussel on to the genius of Carl W. Stalling – the man behind the music of Looney Tunes. Several hours have been lost in a Youtube black hole but it’s been worth it….

Review: Madawaska String Quartet with Leslie Kinton

In today’s Waterloo Record Chamber music offers generous rewards to its acolytes, the chief of which is an almost infinite array of instrument combinations. At its core, it is music for friends, so duos, trios, quartets and various other groupings…

Review: Nico Muhly and The KW Symphony

In Friday’s Record Classical musicians, administrators and marketers all over North America are spending an increasingly large amount of time thinking of ways to get younger people interested in classical music. The two basic choices are luring more people into…

Review: The Nightingale And Other Short Fables

When is an opera not an opera? When it’s a masque? A variety show? Does it even matter? The Canadian Opera Company’s Nightingale and Other Short Fables, which opened on Saturday afternoon certainly makes a person wonder. Rather than have…

Review: Quantifying Goethe

In today’s Waterloo Record | Watch the whole concert. Right from the beginning, the Perimeter Institute has recognized symbiotic relationship between arts and science. This is a more unusual approach than it may first appear. In our specialized world, the…

Review: Tykhonov Jazz Quartet

In Friday’s Waterloo Record. Good news for music lovers with sensitive backsides: the Music Room has new chairs! Some of the old favourites, are still there but several of the most epic offenders have been replaced by brand new specimens…

NAJP Arts Summit Live Feed

Today from 12 noon to 4pm EST, the National Arts Journalism Program will be running it’s Summit On Arts Journalism. Tune in here to hear the lectures and participate in the discussions both in the forum and on Twitter. Live…