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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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NY Day – Casualty on Second Avenue, Tree forms and more . . . . .

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            This elder citizen collapsed on the sidewalk at 93rd Street and Second Avenue.  Good Samaritans of New York hastened to his aid; one calling for an ambulance, another placing his backpack under the of the head of the stricken man for support:

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The ambulance arrived after about ten minutes, and the paramedics prepared to lift him into it. But, all was well, although bleeding a little from his face, he insisted upon  getting to his feet with their help and making his way home under his own steam!

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The outdoor painting season has begun in Central Park. Here is a life class in session at the 90th Street entrance:

The model was dressed for outdoors - otherwise the viewing crowd would have been a lot larger, I imagine!

The model was dressed for outdoors – otherwise the viewing crowd would have been a lot larger, I imagine!

This artist took  a longer view:

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I wandered up the riding path to the Conservatory Garden which is , right now, a hive of activity–both gardener-wise and blossoming-wise.

Feverish activity by the Conservatory gardeners trying to catch up with the late Spring . . . . .

Feverish activity by the Conservatory gardeners trying to catch up with the late Spring . . . . .

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The magnolias were not to be outdone. They were bursting with energy and joy:

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They inspired this watercolourist. She could hardly wait to get her paintbox out!

They inspired this watercolourist. She could hardly wait to get her paintbox out!

Have you noticed the very imaginitive shapes that trees form when the their cambrium is diverted from its natural path by damage or man-made restriction? Here are a few I found yesterday:

Wild boar?

Wild boar?

Proboscis monkey?

Proboscis monkey?

 

Nest of Snakes?

Nest of Snakes?

 

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  1. I enjoy seeing youir pictures.

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