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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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Macy’s parade (Part 2)

Here is the second half of the parade pictures from my perch on the park wall:

 

New York's contribution

 

NY Mounted Police joining the parade

I changed batteries about this time

 

 

 

 

 

Motorised ground nut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on this one and you will be able to read the address

Central Park's contribution

 

 

 

 

This one, I did recognise

 

. . . . . . the feet arrived a few minutes later

 

 

 

 

The tail end!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses

  1. Beautiful photos

  2. Ben,

    Pictures with captions gave me chuckles. Cute and funny.

    Sandy

  3. Love the parade pics, Ben. I wish I could have joined you, but even if I were closer, there is no way I would have lasted that long on a narrow wall! Your stamina is truly impressive! It was wonderful to talk to you on New Year’s Day, especially hearing you describe your parade adventure while I had those very balloons paused on my TV. Love to you and Ethel. Bonnie

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