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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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NY Day – Notorious and notable ladies at the NY City Museum

Members were invited to an open house and champagne breakfast last week. The occasion celebrated the completion of one stage of the wholesale renovation of the museum–It is the fashion of museums these days–The Cooper-Hewitt and the National Academy are following suit and will be closed or partially closed for a year!

The new offices and teaching spaces are ‘state of the art’ and will be the envy of museum staff everywhere for some time to come, I imagine. I looked at the new, 50 megapixel! camera. The resoulution is awsome. As we were already there we took the opportunity to see the exhibit of dresses worn by ‘Notorious and Notable Women of Style’. It is a show not to be missed. Not just for the dresses but also for the insight into the social order and the ominous power of wealth in  the last century in America.

The dresses include those worn by such notables as Marian Anderson, Jacqueline Kennedy, Isadora Duncan, Lena Horne and Angela Lansbury but the stylish lady at the front of of these first two pictures is diffficult to categorise.

I don't think any of the ladies represented would have been seen dead without hair of some sort? But spectacles do add a certain interest.

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2 Responses

  1. Who is that beautiful woman with hair?

  2. Valerie. That beautiful woman’s hair is now being washed by Ben. Ethel

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