Category: This & That

2009 Salute To Idleness Vol.1

It’s the last day of 2009, folks! To be honest, it doesn’t feel all that exciting since for Miss Mussel (and, she suspects, most of you) the year begins in September when concert season starts up again. Nevertheless, it seems…

Handbell Hero

Assuming that most people are working a half day today, Miss Mussel has saved a treat for the final hour. Gather your office mates round the computer and have a go at the utterly fantastic Handbell Hero. As near as…

All Aboard The Nostalgia Train

Poking around Youtube for the Near/Far Sesame Street clip from Thursday got Miss Mussel thinking about what other televisions shows she liked as a child. Here’s a list of ten for your Sunday morning ration of televisual delights. Simon In…

Ultimate Sesame

Just in case you’ve been under a rock these last few days here’s an OM FYI Bulletin: Sesame Street is 40 this year. Its interaction with classical music has been well-documented elsewhere, so all that’s left to do is to…

Radetzky x5

or why conductors matter. Miss Mussel was relieved to see that bloggers and journalists didn’t take the bait in regards to Phillipa Ibbotson’s thoroughly ridiculous article about the value of conductors. Poorly argued and grossly uninformed is just the tip…

Tafelmusik Sing-A-Long Messiah Contest

Miss Mussel has long held the view that the Messiah is boatloads more fun to sing than it is to listen to. In Toronto, the period performance outfit Tafelmusik cottoned on to this years ago and offers a sing-a-long concert…

COC 60th Anniversary Gala Artists Finalized

Saturday night Miss Mussel’s inbox brought the rather unsurprising news that Ben Heppner was canceling his COC engagement due to illness. The bug he caught in London while doing Tristan und Isolde is apparently still making life difficult. Replacing the…

Just So We’re Clear

ToothpasteForDinner – a new-to-Miss-Mussel interwebular comic has produced this helpful guide to all things panflute. First spotted on a server’s T-shirt at the inestimable café With The Grain. It’s worth the drive to Guelph, people. [For those that read aloud…

T-Rex’s Linguistic Theory

From the always fabulous Ryan North, here’s the indomitable T-Rex developing a new theory of language with his long suffering dino pals Dromiceiomimus and Utahraptor. (c) 2009 Ryan North Add some T-Rex to your feed reader here.

Cecilia Bartoli Clue #7

Hello all and welcome to Cecilia Bartoli Sacrificium puzzle on the OM! If you’re new to the site, head to the homepage to see what else is going on. Here is the seventh clue in a series of nine. The…

The Nightingale Adds Another Show

The Canadian Opera Company’s absolutely brilliant production of The Nightingale And Other Short Fables has extended its run by one night only. Tickets are now available for Monday November 2nd at The Four Season Centre For The Performing Arts. Tickets…

Perimeter Institute: Quantum 2 Cosmos Festival

Waterloo, Ontario – one half of the Kitchener-Waterloo partnership affectionate known by the cool kids as the Kdub – is a community of roughly 110,000 people in Southwestern Ontario. 90 minutes west of Toronto and smack dab in the middle…

Two

Sometime during the last month The Omniscient Mussel slid by its second birthday. Although she occasionally entertains the idea of giving it all up and is often frustrated that there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish what she…

Watch The Arts Journalism Summit On The OM

Friday from 12pm to 4pm EST the National Arts Journalism Program will have its Arts Summit, a series of discussions and presentations devoted to looking for new and, more importantly, sustainable models of arts journalism across all disciplines. [full agenda…