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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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Tube Worms on Park Aveue . . .

 . . . . .plus, Folk Art at the South Street Seaport Museum and a fender-bender on Second

These are some pictures I took in my wanderings around the city at the beginning of the month. They do not do justice to the South Street Museum which has been completely renovated and contains many artifacts which give an interesting insight into the sea-going history of our city. Well worth a visit:

Installing street art on Park Avenue

A fine example of the folk art housed in the South Street Musem

. . . . . .another example

I heard the bang, and this is the view I saw from my balcony . . . .

. . . . and this, the view from the sidewalk!

Self portrait

And finally, good riddance to the dismembered monster that has been noisily drilling massive holes in our forecourt!

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4 Responses

  1. Love the self portrait Ben 🙂

  2. I especially liked the portrait of you and Ethel. Here we are on our 59th anniversary.

    • John and Claire. Thank you! Your 59th picture was not transmitted unfortunately. You will have to send it by e-mail I’m afraid. Ben and Ethel

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