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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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NYDay–Rainy day in Central Park

Last week I walked across to Zabars on the West Side to replenish my Orange Pekoe. It was raining and I was carrying a large umbrella to protect the camera lens. Here are a few views that took my eye:

This Red Maple had somehow survived the wind and the rain


True love cares nothing for the weather. Romeo and Julliet outside the Delacourt Theatre


. . . . and customers, there were none!


Native Newyorkers are not deterred by a spot of rain!


6 Responses

  1. Loved your pictres of New York. I am nt o creative with my camera, but I keep trying

    • Isobel. I am sure you are being too modest. Ideal subjects abound in your part of Florida and the light is always good. If you like, I will post any shots of which you are particularly proud. Ben

  2. We loved the captions. Your park makes poets with the beauty of leaves and lovers and umbrellas. What a gift to embrace life with such exuberance.

    • John and Ann. Living near the Park in my years of lessening mobility is one of the great bonuses of New York City living. Observing the evolution of nature from season to season is an increasing joy for me and there it all is–Just four blocks away! Ben.

  3. That’s not Romeo and Juliet! It’s Ben and Ethel enjoying the rain!

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