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Yellow Lounge: Albrecht Mayer At The Berghain

Words and sound at some future date. For now, here’s how it looked on Tuesday 15th September. Click on any image to make it bigger and/or start a slideshow. For non-oboe nerds, Albrecht Mayer is the principal oboe of the…

Margaret Atwood: Reinventing The Book Tour – Again

This article originally appeared in today’s Toronto Star LONDON&Book tours are exhausting & something few Canadians know better than Margaret Atwood. Three years ago, tired of travelling all day and eating out of mini-bars, she unveiled her solution to an…

Urban Hiking Volume II

The first part of this hike was ruined by having to be somewhere at a certain time but over all it was another great use of what is surely one of the few remaining summer days. Over the last couple…

Urban Hiking

Due to an early closure of the Vigo Street Starbucks and a failure on Miss Mussel’s part to remember her internet donglemabob, a considerable window of time opened up last night ahead of the Ukulele Prom. The weather was absolutely…

Survey Says

A few weeks ago Ben from Classical Convert posted a ranking of Beethoven’s symphonies based on the number of views the Karajan set got on Youtube. His conclusion was 957 364 812. A while back, Miss Mussel started to develop…

Prima Donna Review Roundup

Who’s saying what about Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna. On the whole, the pop people loved it and the classical people were 3 stars or under. The Good The Times | Guardian |ManchesterConfidential | Manchester Evening News | NME | BBC…

Review: Prima Donna

In Tuesday’s Toronto Star The Palace Theatre in central Manchester is usually home to the likes of Chicago, Les Mis and the Christmas pantos. Audiences know exactly what they’re going to get when they attend and usually go home happy….

Preview: Rufus Wainwright – Prima Donna

In Saturday’s Toronto Star The marketing machine is in high gear in Manchester in aid of the Rufus Wainwright’s new opera Prima Donna. There are banners and billboards all over town and Tuesday night Wainwright was the subject of an…

Amadou And Miriam With The Beating Wing Orchestra

The OM’s UK headquarters has been without internet this past week, so reporting on the Manchester International Festival has been rather trying. Quaint teashops with lovely sandwiches and free wi-fi are great but it’s difficult for this bivalve to muster…

Be Still My Beating Heart

It’s every bit as romantic as it looks. More about Glyndebourne after the weekend. We got all photo fancy here at the OM, so click on any image to activate a larger slideshow.

Have Musicians’ Wages Gotten Better Or Worse?

Miss Mussel went archive diving again and stumbled upon, quite by accident, a piece in the NY Times called “MUSIC IN THE CITY.; Where Our Musicians Come Front [sic]–Their Qualifications and Rates of Compensation.” The article is a whopping 1714…

Question: Programming or Playing?

A concert Miss Mussel reviewed last week brought a fundamental question to the fore: Which is more important: the program or the playing? Audience: Would you go hear a great ensemble even if you weren’t that keen on the pieces…

Review: Kitchener Waterloo Symphony

In The Record – 15th May 2009 WATERLOO — On Feb. 24, 1607, Members of the Mantuan Accademia degl’Invaghiti witnessed the most dramatic musical invention since harmony: opera. The next invention to so fundamentally change the status quo was probably…

Review: DaCapo Chamber Choir

In the Waterloo Region Record – 11th May 2009 KITCHENER — The DaCapo Chamber Choir gave an outstanding performance Saturday night at St John the Evangelist in Kitchener, an outcome that occurs with such regularity it isn’t really news. For…

Open Ears 2009: Blue Dot

At the risk of being your annoying neighbour who runs across the street with her vacation snaps the minute you come home from grocery shopping, here are some more photographs from the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener. It finished this…

Open Ears 2009: Installations

Whispering Room Jane Cardiff – Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery [audio:http://theomniscientmussel.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/whispering-room.mp3] 16 speakers each play part of a dialogue in which a female voice describes an event from various viewpoints. Frequent Mutilations: A Symphony Of Tape Loops – Andrew O’Connor –…

Photo Essay: Penelope And Odysseus

_____________________ These iPhone photographs were taken on Friday, 1st May 2009 at the University of Waterloo. As part of the 2009 Open Ears Festival, the Penderecki String Quartet and members of Dance Theatre David Earle gave a preview of Penelope…