Category: This & That

Elora Festival 2008 Highlights

The Elora Festival is now in its 29th year and presents a widely varying program including classical choral and chamber music, jazz and folk over four weeks in July and August. Elora is about roughly an hour and a half…

Festival Of The Sound 2008 Season Highlights

Founded by Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti in 1980, the Festival Of The Sound has become one of Canada’s best known summer music festivals. The venue is the beautiful northern Ontario town of Parry Sound, located on Georgian Bay, roughly 150…

KW Symphony 2008/09 Season Highlights

Kitchener-Waterloo is about an hour west of Toronto, an hour east of London, and an hour and half from Niagara Falls. If you live somewhere between here and there, take a drive over some night and take in a concert…

An OM First

It’s annoying on occasion, but for the most part, Miss Mussel doesn’t mind the spam comments that try to append themselves to posts undetected. She finds it fascinating that, all of the sudden, one post can attract so much for…

That Old Chestnut

Not this again. “Doping is not just the preserve of suspiciously muscular Tour de France cyclists and incredibly swift sprinters but also, it seems, earnest frock-coated musicians playing Brahms and Liszt on the world’s best concert podiums.” Seriously? Raise your…

Update: Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

A quick trawl through the rather intimidating OM Drafts folder reveals that Justin Davidson covered the start of construction of Hamburg’s iconic new concert hall about this time last year. Designed by the firm Herzog & de Meuron, creators of…

Off To A Good Start

Much to post today but before we dive into the main course, enjoy this appetizorial delight.

Gone Fishing

Back on Monday with the winner of Quiz #18. I’ll leave it open til Sunday at midnight EST, so feel free to listen again and review the clues) Happy weekend, all.

Philharmonie Firefighters Get Free Tickets

Reports today from Deutsche Welle and Bloomberg confirm that worst case scenarios being bandied about yesterday will remain firmly in the realm of the imaginary. It took until early this morning (ECT) for the fire to be extinguished completely with…

Fire Today At The Philharmonie, Berlin

(photo credit: DDP) from Der Speigel: The fire was reported shortly after 2 p.m. and 21 fire engines and 110 firefighters immediately rushed to the building, which is located next to Berlin’s central Tiergarten park. Visitors who had been attending…

Gravatars

You may have noticed that the new OM design includes gravatars in the comments. For those that aren’t on top of these things, a gravatar is simply an image linked to your email address, so every time you leave a…

Interim

Quiz winner will be announced tomorrow, which means all of you that still aren’t sure have an extra day to listen and guess. In the mean time, a sampling of the ever brilliant (even if you don’t always understand the…

CBC Radio Limerick Competition

DiscDrive is one of the CBC radio shows that will be no longer come Fall. On weekdays between 3 and 6, the show is an at time eccentric mix of art, folk and world music held together by the endearingly…

Bye Bye Bernie

Musical America brings news that will most certainly warm the cockles of Lisa Hirsch, Tim Rutherford-Johnson, The Detritus Review and The Standing Room’s respective hearts. NY Times classical music critic Bernard Holland will write his last review on 23rd May….

Juxtaposition

NSFW if your work is uptight about anatomically correct vocab, religion or silliness. After weeks of boring old whitebread home/auto/business insurance spam, Miss Mussel is excited to report that someone has finally taken the initiative and created something worth repeating….

Happy Friday Gifts

for Elaine, Michael and everyone else who thought “a piece that has about as much artistic merit as a cameraphone snap of the neighbour’s cat” was overstating the point just a tad. One for reals And one for funsies. Super…

Can You Hear Me Now?

Opera Chic brought this exhibition to Miss Mussel’s attention the other day. All the images on the site seem to be un-right-clickable due to Flash, so none are available to repost here. Miss Mussel could pinch the one from OC…

This Just In

Andrea Bocelli tells the Times, “I sold myself short for fame and fortune.” In other news: eggs break when you drop them. Note to Mr Bocelli: In case you weren’t sure, here’s how it happened.