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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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QM2 Round trip

This is the way for we seriously senior citizens to travel–No airports to stagger around in, no cattle drivers to contend with, no painfully untying and retying shoes while attempting to stand in line and, best of all, just a short taxi ride to an elegant mode of travel and a luxurious lunch! We spent eight wonderful days in London sandwiched between thirteen days of luxury and  super entertainment at sea. We have now traveled on the QM2 five or six times and we will never tire of it.

I joined the watercolour class as usual but, on the transatlantic voyages, there is so much of interest going on at conflicting times that choices have to be made. For example, Giancarlo Impiglia was one of the keynote speakers and I dropped everything to hear his talks on art history. I was able to ask him what became of his murals which decorated Fortunoffs. He told me that he always painted on canvass and that he was sure the family was able to take them when the business closed. Other distractions were a string quartet from Juilliard and a talented group from RADA which acted comedies and read poetry and ghost stories.

Incidentally, owing to a cancellation, the watercolour classes were taught by Louise Parks with whom I had such a great time on our last Christmas voyage on the QM2. What a lovely surprise?

Leaving Red Hook, Brooklyn

Giancarlo Impiglia in front of one of his paintings aboard the QM2

Pastry table

Dinner companion, Bernie

Informal night

RADA group reading poetry with piano accompaniment

Ethel in the Wintergarden

Park bench on the QM2

Readying the Royal Court stage for a piano recital

Stage decoration

Casino habitue and consort

Louise is camera-shy. Here is a picture of her hand shielding a flower arrangement she was setting up for a painting exercise

Art class in the hold

Table companion, Margarita

Bobby, Margarita's husband

Ethel in Vietnamese yellow

Laid back?

Ethel's favourite hang-out

Ethel's friends at the table (gaming, that is)

Kendall and me

Table decoration


4 Responses

  1. You rascal!

  2. What a fabulous trip you had! Next time I hope you will take advantage of the songwriters workshops! Lovely meeting you and thanks for the picture!

  3. Kendall. There is so much of interest to do on these voyages that it did not even occur to me that, among them, I might learn to write a hit ballad! But you are encouraging, I will try next time out, or, perhaps join the RADA workshops and become another Gielgud? I, too very much enjoyed our brief encounter, best wishes, Ben.

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