Category: This & That

The Spontaneously Joyful Opera Singer

It was a cold winter day and the train was overheated. The F was running more slowly than usual, pausing between stops, and the number of people far exceeded the average person’s cubic feet of airspace needed for their patience…

For The Person That Has Everything

Sometimes candles and their associated accessories just don’t cut it. [Miss Mussel would go so far as to say that there is never a time when candles are appropriate, but that is just her inner snob making a desperate attempt…

Tears and Cheers: The Flatiron Trio at the KWCMS

An edited version of this review appears in today’s Kitchener-Waterloo Record. Attending a concert at the Music Room is always an experience to remember. It is a sort of inner-sanctum for chamber music lovers with its haphazard decoration forming a…

Hindu Maidens and Hot Jazz

Terry Teachout’s call for title suggestions got Miss Mussel thinking about a paper she wrote in her undergraduate days called something like Yellow Fever: Orientalism and Hot Jazz in 1920s Chicago. Slightly awkward title aside, it was a fascinating subject…

The One That Started It All

On her About page, Miss Mussel acknowledges the influence of Sir Donald Francis Tovey. The real truth is that he is the reason this blog got started in the first place. Well, that and writing about reverse mortgages really tends…

The Real Deal

“I’m not a creator. It’s the composer who is the creator. I aim to focus on the way to deliver the message, according to the music, as humbly as possible, though that’s not the right word because a conductor can…

Adventures with Random: Episode III

1. Michael Praetorius; In Dulci Jubilo; The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge 2. Elvis Presley; Rubberneckin’ remix 3. Louis Armstrong; Potato Head Blues; The Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings 4. Handel; Water Music HWV 349; The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra…

Building The Mystery

Something’s brewing. It’s big. Really big. Like Last Night of the Proms big.* Best of all….you might get some free stuff. Check it out. (updated regularly, so you may want to check obsessively throughout the day) *simile is for “buzz-creating”…

KW Symphony: Safely On The Road To Recovery

Friday, 14th September 2007 Centre In The Square KWS: Edwin Outwater, baton There was a buzz about the place on Friday evening as the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony launched what the marketing department has styled a New Era of Music. The KWS…

On Mountains and Molehills

On Saturday, The Guardian published a story about the 1994 Turner Prize quoting British artist Antony Gormley. “Any of us could have won,” Antony Gormley says of the artists shortlisted in 1994. “All of us have made important contributions to…

Getting To Know You

On Miss Mussel’s last trip to London, she had the good fortune to discover a used bookshop in South Ken with a basement full of treasure. After spending an hour or so considering various volumes of poetry and history, the…

Sunday Afternoon In The Stacks

Miss Mussel spent a good part of today in the university library slaving away on a book project. It is the day before classes start and there is an eerie calm about the place. Students are either recovering from a…

Tangentially About Pavarotti But Not Really

Just in case you have been hiding under a rock all day, Pavarotti died approximately 18 hours ago. Miss Mussel is an opera infant and has only heard snippets of the singer when he was well past his prime. He…

Wednesday MadLibs

Concert season is starting soon in this corner of the universe and with that comes the task of reviewing. This is a job Miss Mussel finds to be futile and fascinating in equal measure. The OM reviewing muscles, atrophied to…

Adventures with Random: Episode II

1. Sufjan Stevens; Detroit Lift Up Your Weary Heart 2. Cake; Sheep Go to Heaven 3. Brahms; Im Garten am Seegestade with Juliane Banse and unknown pianist. 4. Cal Tjader; Soul Sauce (Fila Brazillia Remix) 5. Handel; HWV 362, iii;…

Are We Really Missing Out?

Newspapers and bloggers the world round have picked up on the article published recently in the Beethoven Journal indicating that Beethoven died from lead poisoning at the unwitting hand of his doctor. The general argument is that had his doctor…

Beaten To The Punch

Deep in the recesses of The Omniscient Mussel’s draft folder is a post entitled “In Praise of Elitism.” It was meant to discuss the dictionary definition of elite versus its popular connotation of snobby and rigidly exclusive; as the much-bandied…

Music Toronto: Fall 2007

Ok, this is the last of the concert listings. A body can only be in so many places at once. All of these concerts take place in the Jane Mallett Theatre at the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts. They…

Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society: Fall 2007

Miss Mussel’s concert diary is getting full but here are a few chamber music indulgences. September 21st — Flatiron Trio; Brahms Trio No.2 Op 89; Shostakovich Trio No.1 Op 8; Beethoven Symphony No.2 arranged by composer 30th — Irshad Khan…

Toronto Symphony Picks: Fall 2007

The Toronto Symphony Brochure made an appearance in today’s mailbag. Here’s what Miss Mussel is canceling all other engagements to attend. October 3rd & 4th — Prokofiev Violin Concerto; Ravel Daphnis and Chloe with Vadim Repin, violin and Thomas Dausgaard,…