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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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Seattle and Portland – part two

Following the barbeque, Bonnie and Nancy took us on a boat ride around Puget Sound.  Nancy and I sat up on the open top deck with the sea air in our faces and a local beer in my hand, while Bonnie and Ethel sat in the cabin below with a bag of trail mix and Snickers bars.

Waiting for our boat among the blooms of Seattle

Bonnie, too.

Seattle’s landmark from the dock

Swing bridge

. . . . . .The works

Ethel and Kirstyn

Bonnie at her front door

FREE for the taking! I found this old upright in a derelict front garden of a house around the block.

Bonnie and Kirstyn took us into downtown Seattle to see the spectacular Chihuly “Garden and Glass” exhibit. The artist’s works, installed in the context in which he conceived them, are an extraordinary feast for the eyes. Joyful and intriguing–not an ugly thought among them. The people of Seattle are so lucky to have this exhibit to themselves.

After the the exhibit, we ate lunch in the “Collections” Cafe, surrounded by the artist’s eclectic collections of everyday things like accordians, toys and radios, etc. Clicking on the individual pictures will show them to their best advantage:

To be continued

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