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  • Theatre and Music

    Sunday, 25 October Went to a recital at Town Hall immediately after returning from York, PA. Jonathan Biss, pianist, played a beautiful programme but I was a little too exhausted to appreciate it fully.

    26 October Since Christine has still to keep her eye pointing down, she gave her ticket to "Turandot" at the Met to her sister, Martha, who is taking care of her. The Zefferalli sets are as exciting as they were first seen twenty years ago or more, but the singing was mediocre and the performance pedestrian. 27 October Martha and I went to the 2015 National Academician Induction Ceremony. 19 new inductees, elected by their peers, received their membership awards. Videos of their works were remarkable.

    31 October (Halloween) It was a great night for Frank Salomon, Manager of the People's Symphony; the house was full; the Dover Quartet was giving the evening's concert and he was able to announce that, for the first time in the 116 years of its history, a resident orchestra was being established and the Dover was it; The NY Mets were still in with a chance at becoming world champions, and, a patron had secured the future of the People's by donating a six-figure amount to an institution which has become essential to New York classical concert-goers.

    Christine's sister, Martha, who had been looking after her while she was recovering from eye-surgery, was sitting in my seat and I was sitting in another section of the auditorium, by coincidence, right next to Allan and his wife, long term close friends of Ethel! The Dover was joined for a Schubert quintet by cellist Paul Watkins and as usual played beautifully.

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The content of this bBenbloglog is directed mainly, but not entirely, towards friends and travelling companions who may now still be numbered among the hundreds in spite of the attrition of the years . Their varied interests cover the world’s spectrum. The aim is a personal one,  it is to keep the conversation and exchange of ideas going for as long as I am able. The blog, then, will give viewers a fairly continuous idea of where I am and what I am up to so that they can respond when an interest is sparked. I hope that my camera will help prompt your comments and e-mails

The “Recent Posts” widget (sidebar) on the right will give you an idea of the travels I have  just made and of  my New York impressions. Below this is an index of my ‘Memoirs’ chapters which can now be read in the order in which they were written.

On the left-hand side you will see a notice of my upcoming trips followed by a notice  of my theatre- and concert-going and what my thoughts of the performances were. Below this, there is  a widget which allows those interested to register and receive notices of new posts automatically.

Notes: Click on the pictures, most will enlarge to full screen and give much greater detail


Halloween escaped us this year; the spectacular parade coincided with an important concert at the Peoples Symphony. We chose the concert but I took my camera just in case. The subway was crammed with weird characters but  was far too crowded for photography.

Trick or treat at the Waterford-- Tony is our point man!

Trick or treat at the Waterford– Tony is our point man!


"This is a difficult choice . . ."

“This is a difficult choice . . .”


Even the Dover String Quartet paid homage to the day--here is the violist retrieving her Halloween hat!

Even the Dover String Quartet paid homage to the day–here is the violist retrieving her Halloween hat!




4 Responses

  1. I very much enjoyed your photos from Dresden. One city in Germany that I have not been to. Claire and I have no trips planned in the near future, but the wanderlust will get to us I am sure.

    John and Claire

  2. Had a great time discussing and solving the world’s problems with you. Your daughter is absolutely wonderful. Still would like to get to Scotland with you. Tom Cook

    • Tom. Wasn’t it a marvelous trip? We enjoyed ourselves and everybody’s company so much. Did you find your picture in one of the posts? Ben

  3. I was sorely tempted to supply the names of the orchids at the botanical gardens. Fortunately for all, I resisted. Dave would not have done so!

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