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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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The National Academy and School reopens!

The National Academy with its art school reopened on the 15th September after a year or more of renovation. The school space has been completely modernised and, I am please to say, the old mansion has been preserved in all its glory. The second floor galleries are given over to a ‘Will Barnet at 100′ retrospective. I am a great admirer of Will Barnet’s wonderful paintings and, when we spoke, two or three years back,  we shared a moment when we talked about working after the loss of our spouses. I did visit the exhibit but the galleries were too crowded for comfortable viewing. I shall pop in many times before the exhibit closes.

But, of course, my main interest was the School where Dorothy and I had spent many of our most interesting years. The following pictures are mostly of the current students’ work which seems to me to be as talented and inovative as ever. The first few photos are of the sculpture studio in the basement where I had the good fortune to work under the tutelage of  master sculptor, Tony Antonios. Happy days!

And here is a bronze by Anthony Antonios;

Students' exhibit

Lastly, here is a modern piece in laquered metal by sculpter, John Chamblain. Fine though it is, I have reservations about its placement in the museum. It has replaced the marvellous  bronze Diana with her flexed bow reaching up to the stars at the foot of the great mable staircase. The placement of the ultra-modern piece seems shockingly incongruous.


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