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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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St. Patrick’s Day Parade–Expressions

Based on last year’s intelligence, I set off an hour beforehand and found a strategic spot next to the rail on the south-east corner of Fifth Avenue and 79th Street where I knew the parade would turn into my patch of early sunlight in order to dissipate further along the street. The serious flaw in this logic hit me an hour later when the leaders of the parade marched straight past and I was able to see only  their backs as they went by. A change of rules; the Grand Marshall (gloating picture below) had most of the parade dissipating on 83rd Street this year. I was now thoroughly hemmed in, so, a rapid change of plans; instead of photographing the marchers, I buckled on my 300mm lens and decided to post the interesting expressions of the walking  parade members and  onlookers around me.

I caught a glimpse of Mayor Bloomberg among his aids and security detail and of Senator Chuck Schumer who was a free spirit and  enjoying the photo op. Many of the faces will be familiar to New Yorkers but I am afraid that I am not well up enough in City  affairs to put names to them myself.  Click on the individual pictures for the greatest detail

Grand Marshall

Soldier's make-up

The resentful expression of this parade-goer was the result of a hefty passer-by stamping on his foot

Faultless genes hand down the fair locks

Hats to match the instruments

Speaking duel at ten paces

Reminds me of a character in a period film?

His Honor, Mayor Bloomberg is in there somewhere

And here is Senator Schumer

About to get his man!

How much further?

I can understand the expression of the boy in the second row looking at (his mother's) dress code

One size fits all

Sombre dress

There was a great deal more green this year. After Halloween, this parade is becoming a second costume event

And now to the dance. . . .

Stand and deliver!

Brass hats

Top Brass

And, finally,  after the parade, marchers and onlookers alike start the evening’s revelling as soon as possible:

Call to the revels


3 Responses

  1. Ben,
    I just got through with my income tax return and your series of St Patrick’s Day Parade changed my mood 180 degrees. I laughed long at some of the expressions. Looks like the cop facing Senator Schumer is a Republican. The happy and sour looks cover the wide expanse humanity, I say it is the best set of parade pictures I have ever seen. Thanks for posting them.

    • John and Ann. So glad you enjoyed the pictures. I had a wonderful time choosing the best ones to post. I only wish I could have put a name to some of the official faces–I am quite sure they are well known to people who keep up with the politics of NY City. Ben and Ethel

  2. I agree with John and Ann! Enjoyed these photos and the expressions! Thanks for sharing these. Love, Valerie

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