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    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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QM2 Watercolour Class

The watercolour class on our end-of year cruise was given by John A Komisar. John has a unique teaching method. His own watercolours can be seen on: web.me.com/jakart3113. I produced nothing of note, but John’s methods did give me the beginnings of a fresh style to think about and I will be experimenting with a more abstract form. The  following three sketches are class exercises done in the dimly lit hold that serves as the art studio. The last three are sketches made directly from the  seventh deck of the ship–not so easy a task as you may think; there is a constant breeze blowing up there and the 90 degree sun dries up your brush before you’ve got it half way to the paper!

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2 Responses

  1. The last picture looked like an early 19th century drawing of Nantucket. I think it is charming.

    • John and Ann. Thank you. I always look forward to your view. We still very much hope that we will be able to see you in NY shortly.

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