Category: This & That

Fire Today At The Philharmonie, Berlin

(photo credit: DDP) from Der Speigel: The fire was reported shortly after 2 p.m. and 21 fire engines and 110 firefighters immediately rushed to the building, which is located next to Berlin’s central Tiergarten park. Visitors who had been attending…

Gravatars

You may have noticed that the new OM design includes gravatars in the comments. For those that aren’t on top of these things, a gravatar is simply an image linked to your email address, so every time you leave a…

Interim

Quiz winner will be announced tomorrow, which means all of you that still aren’t sure have an extra day to listen and guess. In the mean time, a sampling of the ever brilliant (even if you don’t always understand the…

CBC Radio Limerick Competition

DiscDrive is one of the CBC radio shows that will be no longer come Fall. On weekdays between 3 and 6, the show is an at time eccentric mix of art, folk and world music held together by the endearingly…

Bye Bye Bernie

Musical America brings news that will most certainly warm the cockles of Lisa Hirsch, Tim Rutherford-Johnson, The Detritus Review and The Standing Room’s respective hearts. NY Times classical music critic Bernard Holland will write his last review on 23rd May….

Juxtaposition

NSFW if your work is uptight about anatomically correct vocab, religion or silliness. After weeks of boring old whitebread home/auto/business insurance spam, Miss Mussel is excited to report that someone has finally taken the initiative and created something worth repeating….

Happy Friday Gifts

for Elaine, Michael and everyone else who thought “a piece that has about as much artistic merit as a cameraphone snap of the neighbour’s cat” was overstating the point just a tad. One for reals And one for funsies. Super…

Can You Hear Me Now?

Opera Chic brought this exhibition to Miss Mussel’s attention the other day. All the images on the site seem to be un-right-clickable due to Flash, so none are available to repost here. Miss Mussel could pinch the one from OC…

This Just In

Andrea Bocelli tells the Times, “I sold myself short for fame and fortune.” In other news: eggs break when you drop them. Note to Mr Bocelli: In case you weren’t sure, here’s how it happened.

Please Excuse The Mess

The Omniscient Mussel is under construction from Saturday 3rd May for approximately one week’s time. (That is assuming that all goes well and the website tweaks don’t cause the whole of the intertubes to melt down) Posting will continue as…

Loaded Question

Found this little gem floating around on Yahoo Answers: How does an symphony orchestra conductor communicate with the orchestra musicians if they don’t look at him?

Stricken From The Record

The following is a list of words that Miss Mussel wishes would just disappear into the ether. These pesky bits of vocab have been soiling arts pages for years now and it’s just getting embarassing. To be fair, they often…

Book Meme

Just when Miss Mussel was about to give up hope of finding anything remotely interesting to post today, Oboe Insight comes to the rescue with this meme. 1. Pick up the nearest book. 2. Open to page 123. 3. Find…

The Saddest Music In The World

The Walrus has a list going of the saddest music in the world as companion to Moira Farr’s article on music and depression. The usual suspects are there (Tears In Heaven, Joni Mitchell, Patsy Cline) as well a few that…

Back In The Saddle

(Photo: Elliot Teskey) Miss Mussel took a little excursion to Vancouver Island last week, heard some up and coming piano talent and spent some time with 800 year old trees in Cathedral Grove. The OM camera got left behind in…

Beethoven Orgy Today On CBC Radio

If you didn’t get enough Beethoven these past two weeks, you can imbibe for a good part of the day today. Starting at 9am EST, you will be able to hear all 9 symphonies in a row. From the CBC…

Music To Write Books By

Miss Mussel hasn’t talked a lot about albums in this space mostly because she isn’t much of an audiophile, far preferring to actually attend a concert rather than listen at home on the stereo. Nevertheless, she does listen to music…

Brain Malfunction

Yesterday Miss Mussel announced an all-day Beethoven orgy on the CBC. Those that tuned in may have noticed a distinct lack of Herr Ludwig for most of the day because…well…Miss Mussel mixed up the date. Turns out the Beethoven festival…

Just Like Riding A Bike

A bit late to this party but here’s the news anyway for those that aren’t linked up with the rest of the classical blog world. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Desperate times led to a remarkable solution in Verdi’s “Aida” at…