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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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Wall Street Warriors–Their place, their faces

The area around Cedar Street was packed with tourists and media people yesterday (Oct. 28). Groups of, mainly, far eastern tourists led by their tour directors carrying little flags, broke ranks periodically to photograph everything remotely connected with Wall Street. The media mob; reporters, cameramen and microphone handlers, etc., hung about listlessly waiting for something newsworthy to happen.

Strangely, Wall Street itself and the surrounding financial district was more or less empty–barriers were up in every street, Nearly all the interest was, of course,  confined to the park in Cedar street where the occupiers have set up their camp. The tent village is chaotic, and, perhaps reflects the vastly disparate discontent of the protesters. Whether, individual, national or global in outlook, all seemed to have one idea in common: a dissatisfaction with the lot the social system has meted out to them, and the vague feeling that Democracy is not working and ought to be replaced by something else.

         Be sure to click on the pictures. All but a few I had to crop will show so much more detail

This is the sculpture which was occupied by one of the protesters recently. Behind it are the resurging towers of the WTC

Declaration of decent behaviour

Artist explains his point of view . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . and shows the influence in his work.

Bored media

RH and his unhappy men

RH and MM


The End


5 Responses

  1. Great photos Ben, as usual.

  2. Wow, Ben. You captured the faces of the 99%. People like me….anxious and extremely disgruntled. Great job…

  3. These are great photos Ben! You did a good job showing the diversity and mind-set.

    I’m especially moved by the diabetic young man holding his sign. No job equals no insurance. Not having a universal healthcare system in this country is criminal!

  4. You should be (you are) a photo journalist. What a sign of the times. Wall street with the dog nipping at its ankles. Maybe it will draw blood.

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