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    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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NY Day – Misinformation & Rites

As the stucture below my balcony grew and grew, it became plain that this was never intended to be re-assembled underground as one of the tunnelers had informed me. A much better source tells me that it is the above-ground part of a massive conveyor belt that will eventually connect up with a below-ground portion. And, when completed, it will bring up the drilling debris and load it directly onto trucks in a continuous process.

. . . . . still being added to

The Rites of Spring . . .

Activity in the Conservatory Gardens, Central Park

Seeking worms and mates

Woodpecker, drummer to the Spring chorus

Willows, boaters and sunbathers are out


2 Responses

  1. Beautiful “The Rites of Spring” photos. Even the “Misinformation” has some blue sky.

  2. Really like the “Willows…” photo. Much activity in the sun in NY, while in Scotland we trudge through the snow. (well, nearly – there is still some on the hilltops!)

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