Category: This & That

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…

The Real Deal Or Just Another Gimmick?

Gilles Apap is coming to town tonight as part of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony’s Intersections Series. Some of the orchestra members are smiling in the video, which makes a pre-concert bet of Real Deal seem prudent. Anyone else seen him?

Technical Difficulties

It seems that sometime on Friday evening, Miss Mussel’s feed got too big for Feedburner. The subsequent meltdown took two days to spot and a further two to fix. At any rate, The Omniscient Mussel should be appearing again in…

Circle The Wagons, We Have An Opera Emergency.

Ok everybody, Miss Mussel has moved out of opera infancy into the wild world of….well…whatever the next level is called. There is a stack of DVDs in the corner freshly pilfered from Frere Mussel’s collection. The question is, what to…

Bluffer’s Guide To Beethoven

Bluffer’s Guide: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) published in The Record on 15th December 2007. [A little late in publishing here, sorry. Just ignore the first paragraph] Tomorrow is Beethoven’s birthday. Or so we think. There is no formal record of…

Jumping Off A Cliff

If Wellsung, Soho The Dog, Steve Smith and La Cieca are doing it, then so is Miss Mussel. It’s the birth opera meme. Courtesy of the Met’s archives, you can find out what was playing on the day you were…

Review: Grand Phil Choir/Bradley, Enns Modolo, Shaw, Watson

The Grand Philharmonic Choir at the Centre In The Square, Kitchener. (A lightly edited version of this review appears in today’s Kitchener-Waterloo Record.) Rossini Petite Messe Solonelle with Leslie Ann Bradley, Jennifer Enns Modolo, Eric Shaw and Sean Watson. Howard…

Now With Handpuppets

Stephen Brookes, music critic at the Washington Post, posted a great video of Anne Sofie von Otter singing Der Erlkonig. Miss Mussel has always thought that a revue-type version of Der Erlkönig featuring a baritione, his falsetto and a pair…

Video: Alex Ross on Colbert

Well, at least a link to the video. For reasons that still baffle Miss Mussel’s not insubstantial technical brain, embedding from a variety of sources has simply refused to work. So, for perhaps the first time in the history of…

North Korean Orchestra To Tour UK

This just in from the CBC: And North Korea’s State Symphony Orchestra may be planning to play three concerts in Britain this September, its largest tour to date. The BBC will broadcast all three concerts live, according to a report…

Monday Toe Tappers

There have been adverts for the Wimpy Player on this blog for a couple months already but it is only just now that Miss Mussel has got around to getting the player up and running in this space. Plans to…

The Best Dinner Party Story Ever

At the present moment, Miss Mussel should be busy working on a subprime mortgage book. Instead, she is taking time out to bring you this 100% true story in case you, dear reader, have a social occasion at which you…