Category: This & That

Jumping Off A Cliff

If Wellsung, Soho The Dog, Steve Smith and La Cieca are doing it, then so is Miss Mussel. It’s the birth opera meme. Courtesy of the Met’s archives, you can find out what was playing on the day you were…

Review: Grand Phil Choir/Bradley, Enns Modolo, Shaw, Watson

The Grand Philharmonic Choir at the Centre In The Square, Kitchener. (A lightly edited version of this review appears in today’s Kitchener-Waterloo Record.) Rossini Petite Messe Solonelle with Leslie Ann Bradley, Jennifer Enns Modolo, Eric Shaw and Sean Watson. Howard…

Now With Handpuppets

Stephen Brookes, music critic at the Washington Post, posted a great video of Anne Sofie von Otter singing Der Erlkonig. Miss Mussel has always thought that a revue-type version of Der Erlkönig featuring a baritione, his falsetto and a pair…

Video: Alex Ross on Colbert

Well, at least a link to the video. For reasons that still baffle Miss Mussel’s not insubstantial technical brain, embedding from a variety of sources has simply refused to work. So, for perhaps the first time in the history of…

North Korean Orchestra To Tour UK

This just in from the CBC: And North Korea’s State Symphony Orchestra may be planning to play three concerts in Britain this September, its largest tour to date. The BBC will broadcast all three concerts live, according to a report…

Monday Toe Tappers

There have been adverts for the Wimpy Player on this blog for a couple months already but it is only just now that Miss Mussel has got around to getting the player up and running in this space. Plans to…

The Best Dinner Party Story Ever

At the present moment, Miss Mussel should be busy working on a subprime mortgage book. Instead, she is taking time out to bring you this 100% true story in case you, dear reader, have a social occasion at which you…

Qui est-elle?

Ever wonder who Miss Mussel really is? Now you know…sort of. Enough to say hello should she turn up at a concert hall near you, at least. See you there!

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…