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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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Bahamas on the “Jewel”

We needed a break from the trauma of Ethel leaving her apartment after more than thirty years! The memories of her  married life there and of all the many friends who had come and gone, took their toll. A week’s cruise on  the NCL “Jewel” to the Bahamas just fit the bill. We returned thoroughly recovered and ready to face the closing. Our  close travel friend, Sandy, joined us at the last moment and her companionship completed the  enjoyment.

Champagne Bar decor

Champagne Bar decor

Happy server

Happy server

Romantic dinner in the "Bistro"

Romantic dinner in the “Bistro”

Dinner for three--Sandy is on the right

Dinner for three–Sandy is on the right

Champagne Bar

Champagne Bar

Deck decoration

Deck decoration

Colourful theatre

Colourful theatre

Grackles making use of the pool decorations

Grackles making use of the pool decorations

Tandem parasailers

Tandem parasailers

Sandy adjusts her camera

Sandy adjusts her camera

Wall to wall bodies on Great Stirrup Quay

Wall to wall bodies on Great Stirrup Quay

The less-crowded part of the island

The less-crowded part of the island

SONY DSCSONY DSC

Relaxing

Relaxing

Wild coral domesticated

Wild coral domesticated

The "Jewel" from the tender

The “Jewel” from the tender

More deck decoration

More deck decoration

The competition

The competition

Odd tree in Nassau

Odd tree in Nassau

Curtain

Curtain

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One Response

  1. Looks like another wonderful cruise!
    Thank you so much for helping Ethel get a new home! Can’t wait to hear about her new place! Love, Valerie

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