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    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking

     

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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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