Category: This & That

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…

Last Chance To Shop Mussel This Season

The shipping cut-off date for mail-order delights is fast approaching, so here is your last reminder about the fantastic deals the merchants with which Miss Mussel is affiliated are offering. Buying through the links below or on the sidebars means…

1 Balanchine DVD Still Available

Just a quick note to say that one Friday swag copy of the NYC Ballet’s Bringing Back Balanchine DVD is still available to be won. All you need to do is answer the following trivia question: How many basic ballet…

Friday Swag: Tappity Tap Tap Edition

It seems a good idea to start Swag season off with a bang, so this week Miss Mussel has not one but two copies of the documentary Bringing Back Balanchine: The Historic Return To Russia featuring the New York City…

Friday Swag: Back With A Vengeance

A nice, happy, fluffy sort of vengeance, that is. Miss Mussel has enough product in inventory to do Friday Swag for the next four weeks. The vault is open, people. Free stuff could be coming your way starting this Friday….

This Not-Quite-Black Saturday, Shop Mussel

Resigning yourself to purchasing yet another sweater for Uncle Earl even though he hasn’t worn the one you got him last year? Terrified of going to the mall with several hundred thousand of your closest friends? You may have survived…

Little Black Rain Clouds

26th November 2008 was not a good day for the arts in Canada. Trouble in Paradise The Vancouver Ballet has laid off all its employees except for a few administrators due to a sharp decline in tickets sales this season….

Conscripting Ye Faithful

Since the weekly quiz has gone the way of the dodo these last few weeks and the festive season will officially be upon us once turkey is consumed south of the border, now seems like a good time to poll…

Conductor Richard Hickox Dies At 60

[This post was updated at 7pm EST to include information that was unavailable at the time of writing and also to correct errors in reporting] The Australian reports that conductor Richard Hickox suffered a heart attack and died yesterday in…