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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 – The Met and the Tunnelers

A surer sign of Spring than the weather we are having is the news that tennis permits are available for renewal at the Central Park office. On my return from collecting ours, I snapped a detail of the Paul Manship gate at the chidrens’ zoo and then decided to have a look at the Roman mosaic (discovered in Israel) being displayed at the Met Museum for the first time since its restoration.

Since, as its nature dictates, the mosaic lies flat on the floor,  my hand-held camera was of no use what-so-ever. It has to be seen at first hand. It is a remarkable piece of artwork and the result of the preservation process is wonderfully complete. Interestingly, during this process, footprints and hand prints of workers who made the mosaic were found imbedded in the plaster base. Workers who left this earth 1700 years ago but left us their heritage to wonder at!

The mosaic display is at the end of the Roman gallery. I couldn’t take meaningful photos of it but, the gallery was full of student artists taking advantage of the Roman models and they made interesting subjects:

Entertained and entertainers on the Met steps


Food for thinkers

Lucky students couldn't ask for a better studio!

Virtuoso piece of Roman carving the students were aspiring to.

Model model!


. . . . . . And here is the detail of the Childrens’ Zoo gate:

The frost gardens are in full bloom and I have it from the Head gardener that they have done their work–the underlying rock is frozen and stable and that the drilling of the east tunnel will commence shortly. We will know when the Elevator starts up again and the trucks begin to cart away the drilling debris:


2 Responses

  1. Ben, Always fun to see your pictures and read the captions. Would love to see the mosaic restored. I’m so glad we know you.
    John and Ann

  2. Ben, what a lovely day. Your description of the mosaic led me to the Met’s website, which contains a video on the discovery and conservation of the piece. How wonderful to be able to see it up close! And, I know how much you and Ethel are looking forward to your tennis, after such a wild winter. Happy Spring to you both! Love, Bonnie

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