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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 – WTC Revisited

Sunday, 21st August. I heard on the radio that a Motorcycle Rally was going to take place at the site of the World Trade Center to honor the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. I picked up my camera bag and took the Lexington Avenue subway to the City Hall to get some shots of the event. In the event it turned out to be a non-event. I saw a few motorcyles parked off Barklay Street but nothing of note was happening–perhaps I was too late?

I took the opportunity, though, to wander around the area to see what progress had been made on the site itself. There were plenty of people on the streets but I saw few paying the $10 entrance fee to the ‘Tribute WTC’ Visitor Center. And, on the site itself, although it was a Sunday and building workers were buzzing like a hive of bees, very little seems to be anywhere near completion.

A view of the site

Progress of the centerpiece "Tower of Light"

The Atrium luckily is as inviting as ever. Its wonderful marble steps leading down to the riverside restaraunts

Back view of The tower and the elevated walkway to the Financial Center

View of the site from the walkway

Bright art in the City Hall Park

A nice Sunday morning stroll in the City Hall Park

The lamps in the park are a work of art--look up!

Finally, on my way back to City Hall subway station, I walked a little way on the Brooklyn Bridge and took this picture of a fascinating piece of architecture I had seen from the BAM bus a number of times during the last couple of winters:


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