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  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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NYday – Piste in Central Park

February 2010 ends with the claim of being the  snowiest one on record. On the last Saturday of the month, New Yorkers had two feet or more of the stuff to play with and they took full advantage. Skis, snowshoes and sleds were the order of the day and artists experimented with the new medium. But the tunnelers didn’t like it at all!

start of the run

The plod back up

Enjoying the free skiing

It's hard on the back

Passing 91st and Fifth

Sleds are fun if only mum or dad would go faster.

The trees are protected with bales of hay

Great fun anyway!

All the trees sported wonderful blooms

The were hundreds of snow figures. This one of a kneeling lady stood ten feet tall and showed a very professional hand

Here she is close up


Flowering Cherry

Decorating the tree has taken on a new meaning

Tree Gallery

Looks familiar!

All this is great fun for the kids and parents, but agony for the Second Avenue tunellers. Here are shots of their working conditions from above and street level

From my balcony

From the street. Red box is where the explosives are kept

And , finally, a view of the Waterford forecourt as we leave to join the fun


3 Responses

  1. Love the pics and clever captions. What does Ethel not get? The smiling tree?

  2. Valerie. Ethel had trouble with “piste”. She missed my odd sense of humour completely.

  3. I don’t know why Ethel missed that. She is an Olympic skier after all!

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