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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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‘Santacon’ occupies Union Square!

On Saturday (10th December) thousands of Santa Claus’s and their helpers emerged from their dens in the five boroughs and streamed to their gathering places in the City. I took the Lexington Avenue subway to follow the groups that were heading for Union Square. The square is normally occupied with its outdoor market at the weekends, but there was no conflict–Santas eat fresh fruit too!

I arrived as the happy Santas occupied the ‘Heartland Brewery’ on the north side of the square. There was no room for me, but I took a peep through the window and the whole Brewery was filled from floor to ceiling with gesticulating white beards above bright red coats which varied in volume from tent size all the way down to very shapely:

Brewery first stop

Cramming them in

Off to the next gathering place

Tempting!

Not the best of role models

This little Santa was overwhelmed by the festivites

Jam and soup vendor. Not a Santa

This silver statue of an intellectual shopper overlooked all

Much of the Square was concerned only with its own business

Searching for lost Santas

Here he is!

Finally! A chance to rest our aching feet

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