Category: This & That

Adventures with Random: Episode II

1. Sufjan Stevens; Detroit Lift Up Your Weary Heart 2. Cake; Sheep Go to Heaven 3. Brahms; Im Garten am Seegestade with Juliane Banse and unknown pianist. 4. Cal Tjader; Soul Sauce (Fila Brazillia Remix) 5. Handel; HWV 362, iii;…

Are We Really Missing Out?

Newspapers and bloggers the world round have picked up on the article published recently in the Beethoven Journal indicating that Beethoven died from lead poisoning at the unwitting hand of his doctor. The general argument is that had his doctor…

Beaten To The Punch

Deep in the recesses of The Omniscient Mussel’s draft folder is a post entitled “In Praise of Elitism.” It was meant to discuss the dictionary definition of elite versus its popular connotation of snobby and rigidly exclusive; as the much-bandied…

Music Toronto: Fall 2007

Ok, this is the last of the concert listings. A body can only be in so many places at once. All of these concerts take place in the Jane Mallett Theatre at the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts. They…

Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society: Fall 2007

Miss Mussel’s concert diary is getting full but here are a few chamber music indulgences. September 21st — Flatiron Trio; Brahms Trio No.2 Op 89; Shostakovich Trio No.1 Op 8; Beethoven Symphony No.2 arranged by composer 30th — Irshad Khan…

Toronto Symphony Picks: Fall 2007

The Toronto Symphony Brochure made an appearance in today’s mailbag. Here’s what Miss Mussel is canceling all other engagements to attend. October 3rd & 4th — Prokofiev Violin Concerto; Ravel Daphnis and Chloe with Vadim Repin, violin and Thomas Dausgaard,…

Kitchener Waterloo Symphony: Fall 2007

This band has had some tough times these last couple of years but they’ve got a brand new conductor and look set to take the world by storm. Here’s what Miss Mussel is reserving seats for: September 14th, 15th &…

Late Night Maths

Consider this: 10,000 men play varsity baseball each year in American colleges. 1,000 men play professional baseball in the majors. There is obvious great disparity in the numbers here and a proper analysis would require some maths skills far beyond…

SPIMA Dispatch No. 78

Dear Mr Bravi, Thank you very much for attending last evening’s concert. It is always a joy to have such an enthusiastic patron in the audience. I was particularly impressed by your commitment to making first-time attendees feel at home…

Now With YouTube

Technical difficulties here at OM headquarters are slowly being resolved and Miss Mussel is now pleased to announce that she has added the necessary video to Introducing: Norah Lechat; Wheel of Misfortune and Pantygate 2007.

In The Middle Of

Hello all, Soho the Dog has kindly pointed some of you in the direction of the The Omniscient Mussel. Things are still in disarray here at OM Headquarters but Miss Mussel is happy that you’ve stopped by. Your patience is…

Adventures with Random: Episode I

The rules are simple. No 1 Put iTunes or Winamp player on random and list the first eight songs. No.2 Wonder for far longer than is strictly necessary about what the results say about you as a person and the…

Wheel of Misfortune

  Each performance took a tiny strip off of your credibility. It happened so slowly, you didn’t really notice straight away. The money was good and middle class, middle aged soccer moms the world over have chosen you to provide…

Stop, Look and Listen

R Murray Schafer is a Canadian composer renowned for his soundwalks. The idea behind these is that music is all around is if we would just take the time to stop and listen. Train whistles, crickets, the sound of children…

Introducing: Nora LeChat

Miss Mussel has been reading classical music blogs long enough to know that people have been aware of this emerging young pianist for some time. Her fearlessness in programming aleatoric music and finely honed instincts for pushing the boundaries of…