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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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Devastation in Central Park

On Tuesday we left a concert at the Avery Fisher during intermission (See widget)  so as not to tax Ethel’s leg unduly. We were saved from the fury of a freak storm as a result. Our friends, Laura and Ed, stayed for the second half of the concert and they did not get home until after midnight!

Sadly, the storm cut a swath through the upper part of Central Park causing the greatest damage in 30 years. Over 200 trees were uprooted or smashed many plantings destroyed, and the Conservancy Gardens damaged and closed to the public.

Unwelcome view of the Tennis Centre

Unwelcome view of the Tennis Centre

Trees were torn up like matchsticks

Trees were torn up like matchsticks

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This fall has put the hard courts out of business for some time, I imagine

This fall has put the hard courts out of business for some time, I imagine

 

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One of the famous Park lamps strikes an unusual pose

One of the famous Park lamps strikes an unusual pose

While I was recording the storm damage, I met Jerry here, lovingly caressing a block of Beech wood given to him by one of the tree surgeons. Jerry teaches wood turning at one of the local schools and we had a great conversation about wood working in all its forms. Just as we parted, an official imformed us that a quarantine was in force in the park and that Jerry’s beautiful potential bowl had to join all the rest of the downed trees in the chipper!ParkD1

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