Category: This & That

Bach Cab Sessions

Reuters brought news today of a fantastic little concert series called The Black Cab Sessions. The premise is simple: musicians are invited to play one a song in the back of a London black cab and it is filmed all…

All About Mortgages: A Public Service Announcement

No, your eyes are not deceiving you but do feel free to have another swig of coffee. Miss Mussel’s current ghostwriting project is drawing to a close and she is looking forward to the day when she can offload all…

Review: Roger Chase and Michiko Otaki

In today’s Record What’s more likely: the Leafs winning the Stanley Cup or a viola recital consisting of solely of music by early 20th century English composers? Fortunately for diehard Habs fans, British violist Roger Chase has saved us from…

Birthday Wishes For The Artful Codger

Whether you like him in a powdered wig and livery or looking as if he should be on his way to a Celtic match it impossible to imagine what Western classical music would be without its elder statesman Johann Sebastian…

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…

Cheers

Send your friends a St Paddy’s Guinness courtesy of Miss Mussel.

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…