Category: This & That

Review: KW Symphony Goes Back To Baroque

The second concert in the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s Back To Baroque Series in today’s Record: Performing Baroque music can be a nightmare for those in charge of stylistic decisions. Pre or post Tourte bows? Small or standard sized ensemble? Conductor or…

Yellow Lounge Berlin

A delightful discovery today courtesy of Helen Pidd and The Guardian: Yellow Lounge in Berlin. The premise is classical music in a club, with the idea of Yellow Lounge thought up by Deutsche Grammophon’s Ruud de Sera. The first concert…

Suffering For Your Art

Steven Wells has a story in today’s Guardian about music critics getting physically attacked by band members and crazy fans for daring to give a bad review. The demographics of the average classical music audience is a persistent trope in…

We Now Return To Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Yesterday was Epiphany and now that the wisemen have once again deked out Herod and made it back home the holiday season is officially over. Devoid of any further excuse for wanton idleness Miss Mussel is finding it nearly impossible…

End of Year Ephemera

Scrabulous. No longer just for Facebook. Now you can while away the hours playing Scrabble with friends, strangers or the Internet itself. The best part is that the lost hours aren’t wasted but merely part of lifelong program designed to…

Christmas Tallysheet

Others have reported on the treasures they received on the Big Day, so, in aid of not being left in the dust by her fellow bloggers, Miss Mussel is happy to report that she has acquired the following: both of…

Oscar Peterson 1925-2007: Obits and Tributes List

Here’s what the press is saying. Obituaries The Globe and Mail New York Times Associated Press The Guardian Reuters Tributes The Guardian— leave your own memories and tributes The Overgrown Path–an interesting juxtaposition of Stockhausen and Peterson John Fordham in…

Review: Festival of Carols, Elora

In today’s Record Modelled on the Church of England carol service tradition, the Festival of Carols presented Saturday evening by the Elora Festival Singers was a perfect microcosm of the ideal Christmas season: full of wit and good cheer and…

Hating Celine: The Ethical Choice

It causes Miss Mussel great pain to admit it, but she shares citizenship with the pictured woman/stick insect, aptly described by Sam Anderson as the Antichrist of the indie sensibility, an overemoting schmaltz-bot who has somehow managed to convert the…

Review: Messiah with the Grand Philharmonic Choir

An edited version appears in today’s Kitchener-Waterloo Record. Practically every choral society, no matter how meagre their resources, mounts an annual production of Messiah, by leaps and bounds Handel’s most famous work. There is something quite satisfying about participating in…

Alpacas Still Available, Folks

I’m working this week at World Vision, a place where overhearing things like, “We’ve still got some alpacas left, so that’s good. We’re getting down on turkeys, though.” is completely normal. Getting used to the office routine, particularly commuting, is…

Triple Dog

Vanity Fair presents The Department Store Santa Dare. Here are a few highlights. One-Point Dares 2. Tell a mother and child waiting behind you that Santa’s throne is made of Blitzen. 3. Rehearse your child so that when Santa asks…

Hours of Excitement Courtesy of LuftPost

The thrills know no bounds here at OM HQ. Yesterday’s mailbag (the one that is still toted around by a real person) brought these aural delights to Miss Mussel’s corner of the universe. The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra — Automate…

We Interrupt This Broadcast

to say that after nearly four and half years, Miss Mussel’s trusty MacBook has stopped fighting and gone towards the light. Effort is being made to return to your regularly scheduled programming as soon as, although you may have to…

Review: Nota Bene Period Orchestra

Nota Bene Period Orchestra 30/11/07 in today’s Record If Saturday evening was any indication, its looks as though Dr Who isn’t the only one in possession of time warp technology. Those sitting in the pews of Parkminster United Church in…

Review: Orchestra@Waterloo

Orchestra@Waterloo 29/11/07 in today’s Record The Humanities Theatre at the University of Waterloo was packed last night with mathematicians, scientists and all manner of engineers. As 8:00 pm drew near, the crowd grew quiet in anticipation of the evening’s events…

In Praise Of Formality…Or At Least A Decent Tuxedo

There’s been a mild stink on the intertubes of late regarding the dress code for orchestras. The argument is not so much about visual appearance as it is about the relative merit of ritual, a word that seems to have…