Category: This & That

Best Spam Ever

Akisment has kept the most egregious specimens out the OM comment well but every so often one rogue message manages to swim the moat. The following missive was caught trying to append itself to an 18-month old post about Clint…

Cast Change For The Canadian Opera Company’s Carmen

The Canadian Opera Company announced today that the American mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton, who was scheduled to perform Carmen starting January 27th has withdrawn due to health reasons. In her place for the first six performances will be Israeli mezzo Rinat…

Canadian Folk Singer Kate McGarrigle Dead At Age 63

A press release from the National Arts Centre brings the sad news that Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle died Monday night from cancer at age 63. According to a Globe & Mail report, McGarrigle died at home surrounded by her…

La Musique

Miss Mussel has been toying with an audio feature for quite some time but as of yet has not settled on a format, installment plan or indeed what exactly the content should be. So, in tried and true 21st-century fashion,…

Back…Sort Of

It seems that 10 days of 2010 have slipped by without so much as a peep from the OM. Rather bizarrely, the world still seems to be spinning on its axis and life is proceeding as normal for more than…

2009 Salute To Idleness Vol. 3

Now that you are on the verge of being fired for having impure thoughts towards a certain someone, there’s no harm in mindlessly wandering the Intertubes in search of the wacky and wonderful things that make it such an interesting…

2009 Salute To Idleness Vol. 2

A few hours on, the books reviews from Vol. 1 are admittedly looking a little arduous. Don’t worry, Miss Mussel has got you covered. First thing is a wee trip in the way back machine. Click if you dare. For…

2009 Salute To Idleness Vol.1

It’s the last day of 2009, folks! To be honest, it doesn’t feel all that exciting since for Miss Mussel (and, she suspects, most of you) the year begins in September when concert season starts up again. Nevertheless, it seems…

Handbell Hero

Assuming that most people are working a half day today, Miss Mussel has saved a treat for the final hour. Gather your office mates round the computer and have a go at the utterly fantastic Handbell Hero. As near as…

All Aboard The Nostalgia Train

Poking around Youtube for the Near/Far Sesame Street clip from Thursday got Miss Mussel thinking about what other televisions shows she liked as a child. Here’s a list of ten for your Sunday morning ration of televisual delights. Simon In…

Ultimate Sesame

Just in case you’ve been under a rock these last few days here’s an OM FYI Bulletin: Sesame Street is 40 this year. Its interaction with classical music has been well-documented elsewhere, so all that’s left to do is to…

Radetzky x5

or why conductors matter. Miss Mussel was relieved to see that bloggers and journalists didn’t take the bait in regards to Phillipa Ibbotson’s thoroughly ridiculous article about the value of conductors. Poorly argued and grossly uninformed is just the tip…

Tafelmusik Sing-A-Long Messiah Contest

Miss Mussel has long held the view that the Messiah is boatloads more fun to sing than it is to listen to. In Toronto, the period performance outfit Tafelmusik cottoned on to this years ago and offers a sing-a-long concert…

COC 60th Anniversary Gala Artists Finalized

Saturday night Miss Mussel’s inbox brought the rather unsurprising news that Ben Heppner was canceling his COC engagement due to illness. The bug he caught in London while doing Tristan und Isolde is apparently still making life difficult. Replacing the…