Category: This & That

Hours of Excitement Courtesy of LuftPost

The thrills know no bounds here at OM HQ. Yesterday’s mailbag (the one that is still toted around by a real person) brought these aural delights to Miss Mussel’s corner of the universe. The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra — Automate…

We Interrupt This Broadcast

to say that after nearly four and half years, Miss Mussel’s trusty MacBook has stopped fighting and gone towards the light. Effort is being made to return to your regularly scheduled programming as soon as, although you may have to…

Review: Nota Bene Period Orchestra

Nota Bene Period Orchestra 30/11/07 in today’s Record If Saturday evening was any indication, its looks as though Dr Who isn’t the only one in possession of time warp technology. Those sitting in the pews of Parkminster United Church in…

Review: Orchestra@Waterloo

Orchestra@Waterloo 29/11/07 in today’s Record The Humanities Theatre at the University of Waterloo was packed last night with mathematicians, scientists and all manner of engineers. As 8:00 pm drew near, the crowd grew quiet in anticipation of the evening’s events…

In Praise Of Formality…Or At Least A Decent Tuxedo

There’s been a mild stink on the intertubes of late regarding the dress code for orchestras. The argument is not so much about visual appearance as it is about the relative merit of ritual, a word that seems to have…

Video Vocab

Today’s word: Supererogatory New Product @ The OM Shop Dans La Cuisine (Alessi and KitchenAid) and Newspaper/Magazine Subscriptions (Lit and classical music mags and major world rags)

Wouldn’t Say That I’ve Never Done It

(click to enlarge) Hundreds more laughs @ XKCD New Product @ The OM Shop 20th Century Composers (books), 20th Century Music (CD), Fine Art (Books), A Bit Of A Laugh (DVD), A Good Read, Introduction To Music (Books), Moleskine–The Artist’s…

The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

Thanks to a tip from Matthew Westphal and the gang at Playbill, Miss Mussel was able to take in a wee hours performance of The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra. According to their site, “the first vienna vegetable orchestra plays music…

Some Things Never Change

In November 1795, Beethoven and Sussmayer supplied the music for The Pension Society of Plastic and Graphic Artists’ Ball in Vienna. Sussmayer, being the more well-known of the pair, got air time in the large ballroom, while Beethoven was allocated…

Aye To That

Rupert Christiansen writes an ode to St Cecilia in today’s Telegraph. Even when she’s bad – and there are times when I want to smack her – she is absolutely 100 per cent Bartoli, and for that alone, in an…

Review: Jugendsängerfest

A review of the Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir/ Jugendsangerfest concert on Saturday evening. In the printed version, the sub rather humerously translated “r’s” as “aaar’s”. The Jugendsängerfest (Young Singer’s Festival for readers who don’t have a German dictionary to hand)…

The Really Emotional Parts

Some very random comments from Keri Russell regarding her crash course in celloing to prepare for her role as a NY Phil member in the film August Rush. Miss Mussel is hoping the poor girl was quoted unsympathetically. The alternative…

In A Debating Mood

Anyone who wishes to weigh in on the coughing/rustling/loud breathing at concerts issue should make their way over to a post on today’s Guardian Arts blog. Apparently Sir Simon gave some mid-Mahler instructions to the some splutterers at Carnegie Hall…

Pandora Goes Classical

Miss Mussel discovered the delights of Pandora several months ago as a remedy to her painfully pathetic knowledge of popular music. It was exactly the right tool to explore the pop canon and get a feel for how different genres…

An Activity For Days With 100% Chance Of Precipitation

News from today’s Guardian about Sufjan Steven’s Christmas song swap scheme. It looks like quite good fun, actually. As it happens, it is raining today. If Miss Mussel could locate her guitar and a few minutes of spare time, she…

Mozart Cover Bands: Tuxedos and Mullets Together At Last

Marcus Westbury argues in today’s Sydney Morning Herald that orchestras/opera companies/chamber music groups are nothing more than Golden Oldie cover bands and should not get as much funding as they do. It’s not that covers bands aren’t talented, don’t make…

Star Search Gets Bloody

In today’s Guardian, conductor Hilary Davan Wetton joins the pack in slagging off the BBC’s Classical Star program. He doesn’t say much that hasn’t been pointed out elsewhere and the concert listing at the end makes even the most liberal…

Wishing For A Hot Poker With Which To Gouge Out My Eyes

Review: KW Symphony 3rd November, 2007. Stephen Sitarski, violin; Edwin Outwater, baton. It was meant to be an evening of bubbly, joyful and happy music. On paper, it looked promising: Mozart Violin Concerto No.5, Gary Kulesha Sypmhony No.3, a lesser-known…