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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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Artwork. “Bordering on Poetry”.

The second published selection of poems by Elizabeth Burton, pen name of our friend Gwen Hardie of the Border town of Earlston in Scotland.  Gwen is steeped in the history of her birthplace and fights to preserve its heritage. Many of her poems, in English or the Scots’ vernacular concern the Border heroes of yesteryear, but here is a very nice sentimental one about her Dad:




4 Responses

  1. I was curious to see which poem you had posted Ben. This is one very dear to my heart as my Father was a very special person. He deserved to be imortalised in verse.

    Elizabeth Burton

  2. Elizabeth, this former U.S.”Postie” LOVES your poem and accompanying picture. What a wonderful tribute to your father. Ben, thank you for posting this! Bonnie

  3. Gwen. I clicked on your “Elizabeth Burton” link to see your page. The images of your B.& B. brought back many fond memories–can’t wait till we set down our bags in that bedroom again!
    What a surprize! Our dear friend, Bonnie, in Portland, Oregan, was a “Postie” too. She will be visiting us in New York next week–we will discuss the rest of your volume.
    I chose the poem because the humanity and the humour of it seemed to me to be typically you and I wanted my American friends to get a whiff of the Border dialect.

  4. Thank you Bonnie and Ben for your kind words.My Father would have appreciated the humour in it and he definitely was a humanitarian. He loved life and people and always saw the good in everything.As I get older!! I often ponder over his old-fashioned sayings, which were so true.

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