Category: This & That

This Week’s Feature: Passion Setting 20th Century Style

It’s Holy Week and Miss Mussel’s masters thesis was on 20th century setting of the Passion with particular emphasis on the Passion 2000 Project involving Tan Dun, Osvaldo Golijov, Wolfgang Rihm and Sofia Gubaidulina. As such, each day this week…

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Thanks For The Laughs, Gang

Miss Mussel is in the final throes of manuscript finishing up and it seems the book is not going down without a fight. Some sort of black hole or parallel universe has been entered in which adding 5000 words makes…

Review: Dinner Concert @ The Perimeter Institute

an edited version appears in today’s Record Friday night was the third of the five Dinner Concerts on offer at the Perimeter Institute this season. When I arrived, the chalkboard covering the side wall of the Black Hole Bistro was…

Hot Date: Reporting In

So Friday afternoon, Miss Mussel announced that she was going on a date. It seems only fair then to report on what happened. He was nice enough but there was something about his conversation skills that left a little to…

Review: Menno Singers and Nota Bene Period Orchestra

in today’s Kitchener Waterloo Record The Menno Singers along with the Nota Bene Period Orchestra presented an all-Buxtehude concert on Saturday evening. A day shy of the Fourth Sunday of Lent, the program was appropriately titled “A Lenten Journey.” The…

Review: Black Umfolosi

In today’s Guelph Mercury Black Umfolosi brought a little bit of Southern Africa to the River Run Wednesday night. The group was started in 1982 by boys at a Zimbabwean boarding school. Since the school was new, there wasn’t an…

Got A Hot Date Tonight

Sure, he’s a little older than what Miss Mussel usually goes for but he’s supposed to be some sort of brilliant musician or something, so she can work with it. On his profile he answered “a gaggle” in the Have…

NYPhil in North Korea Liveblogging (For Reals This Time)

Ok folks, the listings have been checked and rechecked. Contact has been made with people at Channel Thirteen and it seems that the concert should be ready to stream after midnight tonight. Everything is set. Allons-y! 0:00 The Channel 13…

NYPhil in North Korea: Post Concert Press Roundup

(photo credit: David Gray/Reuters) Daniel J Wakin in the NYTimes and International Times Herald. More interesting is the audio interview. Warwick Thomspon has a rather lame write up on Bloomberg.com that describes the playing of the Koran folksong Arirang, a…

NYPhil in North Korea Liveblogging

Morning folks. It’s 3:50am, that grey area between night and the next morning when most sensible people are in a blissfully deep sleep. Miss Mussel is, however, awake and readying herself for the biggest concert event of the millennium. In…

Review: Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers/Dyck

Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers | Waterloo | Howard Dyck, baton (in today’s Record) Saturday evening’s Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers concert was billed as a choral odyssey with the program containing pieces from different countries and in different languages, really related…

DPRK & The NY Phil: The Game So Far

For those of you keeping score at home, here are the teams as of right now: (26th Feb, just after 11:30am) On the Bad Idea Team, we have Terry Teachout and Norman Lebrehct and Greg Sandow weighing in with: “What…

I Feel Like I’ve Heard This Somewhere Before

It appears that The Independent on Sunday is embracing the idea of recycling whole-heartedly. Whether this is due to an increased interest in all things environmental or an indicator that the feature idea well has run dry is another story….

Who Says Politics Are Boring?

Today’s Sydney Morning Herald (well yesterday’s technically since it is already tomorrow there) has a great story on shenanigans in the Australian Parliament. In a nutshell, the Opposition party is annoyed that PM Kevin Rudd does not attend sessions on…

Toronto Symphony 2008/09 Season Highlights

Opening Night 17, 18 & 20 September 2008 – Mahler Symphony No.3 Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano; Peter Oundjian, baton 3, 4 & 6 December 2008 – The Planets and The Rite of Spring; Peter Oundjian, baton 28 & 29 January 2009…

Maazel Hopes NY Phil Visit Will “Nudge Open The Door”

NY Phil conductor Lorin Maazel has an op-ed piece in today’s Wall Street Journal entitled simply “Why We’ll Play Pyongyang.” Miss Mussel’s first question was why the WSJ and not the NY Times, but then she remembered Terry Teachout’s WSJ…

Review: Gilles Apap/KW Symphony/Outwater

This review appears in today’s Mercury. [Actually, as it turns out, it’s in tomorrow’s paper] The battle between high and low is one of The Arts’ oldest and most discussed tropes. In the field of music, a subculture that seems…

Miss Manners Solves Opera Lovers’ Spat

A tip from Sweet Juniper has brought this amusing item to Miss Mussel’s attention. Miss Manners, once again, has precisely the right answer. Wednesday, 13 February 2008 Daily Herald DEAR MISS MANNERS Although I consider myself to be a great…