• Upcoming trips

    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
  • 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 – Irish Heritage at the NY City Council

Ethel and I are thankful to be invited each year to a celebration of Irish Heritage organised by the NY City Council and Speaker Christine Quinn. This year, the Man of the Year Award was presented  in honor of Senator Ted Kennedy and was accepted by Caroline Kennedy.

Due, I imagine to the economic downturn, The Corned Beef and Cabbage was absent from the fare this year; Replaced by remorseful cheese and crackers!

Opening music and Irish songs were provided by Mick Moloney and his band

The Irish Pipers return each year to open the official proceedings

Speaker Cristine Quinn

The face of cultural exchange. This schoolmistress from Harlem has taught her young students Irish dancing to a standard where they can perform anywhere.

. . . . . one of her troupe awaits her cue

Caroline Kennedy - after a brief film clip of the late Senator's life

Very little of the honoring presentations was seen by the seated audience--a phalanx of papparazzi rudely stood up each time to obscure the view.

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2 Responses

  1. Where’s the corned beef? Hurray for vegetarianism!

  2. Valerie. Beware those predatory carrots!!!

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