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  • 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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A Nice Spring Day in the Park

I find there is nothing like spending an optimistic Spring day in Central Park for assuageing  pre-surgery jitters. On Tuesday (April 17th) I took my camera and wandered  around the Conservatory Gardens, first popping into the City of NY Museum to see the last of the Cecil Beaton exhibit. The Conservatory Gardens are just opposite the museum at 5th Avenue and 105th Street. The tree blossoms were already past their best but the formal gardens were in wonderful shape. (Click on each picture for the best detail):

Idyllic wedding picture lawn

5th Avenue pagoda viewed from the arbour

Artist absorbed . . . . . .

. . . . . working on the underpainting.

Fishing in Harlem Meer (North of the Gardens)

Shady retreat at 9oth Street (South of the gardens)


5 Responses

  1. Flowers are beautiful. I know spring is here as the Wrens have started rebuilding their nest in their birdhouse on my tree in front of the house. they come back every year and I’m sure it is the same family. Noisy, but fun to watch.

    • Have never seen this part of the park. Harlem Meer looks like a place I fished in Sugar Land without the buildings.
      I do hope the bladder scraping went whizzingly.

    • John (Kreig), Here, too, the birds, (mostly sparrows) are noisily scrapping over pieces of fluff and other building materials–they don’t seem a bit worried by the mortgage disaster!

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