Category: This & That

Bless

Combine this with your free DG download and you’re guaranteed a home run tomorrow.

A Song For Your Sweetheart

Deutsche Grammophon has gone all weak at the knees and is allowing lov3rs everywhere to download a free track from their special Valentine’s Day Collection at the DG Shop. There are the usual super cheese collections of opera arias and…

National Ballet of Canada: 2009/10 Season

Alternative Title: News From The City That Thinks It Is The Capital The National Ballet of Canada has announced its 2009/10 season and there looks to be some crackers in the line-up. There is also an extraordinary amount of Tchaikovsky….

Why Internet TV Is The Future

Go here. Push the pink play button. Slide over to 36:00. Take note of what the horns do at 36:25 Stand in awe of Dvorak’s mad prescience skillz. Sure, he was all about incorporating native American music into his own…

Anti-Wagner Billboards To Run On London Buses

Well, sort of. In the sense that they’re not but they should and thanks to the wonderful world of the internet, Miss Mussel can create her own reality and pretend that they are. Wikiality, people. The lack of comment in…

Toronto Symphony 2009/2010 Season Highlights

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra announced its 2009/10 lineup on Tuesday. There is a reasonable amount of new music happening as part of the annual New Creations Festival but as far as balancing new rep out throughout the season, the programmers…

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2009/10 Season Highlights

The art of programming a full symphony season is utterly fascinating. What is considered first? Money, audience, the music? Is there a secret formula of new vs. comfort that is guaranteed to work? Tis the season announcing the 2009/10 season…

Obviously

From Horndog via MusicalPerceptions comes these 45 seconds of genius. There are some swears, so if that matters where you’re listening, the post will still be here when you get home.

How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?

Ummm… you rent it. And that is precisely what Canadian tenor Ken Lavigne did on 22nd January. Lavigne is from Vancouver Island on the West Coast of Canada. Victoria, the island’s largest city, has metropolitan population of roughly 330,000 people…

New To The Fold

A few excellent new blogs devoted to our favourite subject have sprung up, or at least come to Miss Mussel’s attention, in recent days. Add some spice to your feed reader with these lovelies. Stephen Hough, a British pianist, composer…

Canadian Opera Company Announces 2009/10 Season

Miss Mussel is a little bit late to the party but she is pleased to share the news that the COC has appointed its new conductor. Johannes Debus is currently on staff at the Frankfurt Opera but is known in…

Still Breathing

It’s been a crazy two weeks here in MIss Mussel’s corner of the universe. Reading for the new book project has started in earnest although concentration has been hampered severely by extensive and sudden hospital time for Grandpere Mussel and…

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

In previous holiday seasons, Miss Mussel has spent a disproportionately large number of hours [for her demographic] as an alchemist trying to conjure gastronomic gold from various combinations of chocolate, butter, flour and sprinkles. Gingerbread, sugar cookies, shortbread, jam cookies,…

O Holy Night Mystery Singer Unmasked-

Earlier today, Miss Mussel posted one of her favourite Christmas gag tracks but a little poking around on the interwebs has come up trumps. The man doing the singing is a Nashville studio composer/arranger called Steve M. He gave an…

Snag The Swag: James Ehnes Edition

A cracking prize on offer this week, Swagfans. It’s a two disc set (one CD and one DVD) featuring James Ehnes, pianist Eduard Laurel and David Fulton’s violin and viola collection on the Onyx label. The project is a showcasing…

Snag The Swag

Congratulations to Julie G and Amanda G who each won a copy of the NY City Ballet’s Bringing Back Balanchine DVD. There is more swag in store this Friday, so be sure to keep your eyes glued to your feed…