Category: This & That

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…

Video Vocab

Today’s word: Supererogatory New Product @ The OM Shop Dans La Cuisine (Alessi and KitchenAid) and Newspaper/Magazine Subscriptions (Lit and classical music mags and major world rags)

Wouldn’t Say That I’ve Never Done It

(click to enlarge) Hundreds more laughs @ XKCD New Product @ The OM Shop 20th Century Composers (books), 20th Century Music (CD), Fine Art (Books), A Bit Of A Laugh (DVD), A Good Read, Introduction To Music (Books), Moleskine–The Artist’s…

The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

Thanks to a tip from Matthew Westphal and the gang at Playbill, Miss Mussel was able to take in a wee hours performance of The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra. According to their site, “the first vienna vegetable orchestra plays music…

Some Things Never Change

In November 1795, Beethoven and Sussmayer supplied the music for The Pension Society of Plastic and Graphic Artists’ Ball in Vienna. Sussmayer, being the more well-known of the pair, got air time in the large ballroom, while Beethoven was allocated…

Aye To That

Rupert Christiansen writes an ode to St Cecilia in today’s Telegraph. Even when she’s bad – and there are times when I want to smack her – she is absolutely 100 per cent Bartoli, and for that alone, in an…

Review: Jugendsängerfest

A review of the Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir/ Jugendsangerfest concert on Saturday evening. In the printed version, the sub rather humerously translated “r’s” as “aaar’s”. The Jugendsängerfest (Young Singer’s Festival for readers who don’t have a German dictionary to hand)…

The Really Emotional Parts

Some very random comments from Keri Russell regarding her crash course in celloing to prepare for her role as a NY Phil member in the film August Rush. Miss Mussel is hoping the poor girl was quoted unsympathetically. The alternative…

In A Debating Mood

Anyone who wishes to weigh in on the coughing/rustling/loud breathing at concerts issue should make their way over to a post on today’s Guardian Arts blog. Apparently Sir Simon gave some mid-Mahler instructions to the some splutterers at Carnegie Hall…