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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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Harlem Meer

Sunday ( August 5th)  was a beautiful summer’s day–slight breeze, eighty degrees and no humidity. Perfect for a Sunday in the Park. I thought I would take in one of the free open air entertainments, which abound in New York at the height of summer.

I settled on a Brazilian Jazz performance given by “Vanderlei Pereira and the Blindfold Test” (The leader of the outfit lays out an energetic and sustained session on the drum set and is, in fact, blind. Never-the-less, he is exciting to watch as well as hear).

The music was part of the Harlem Meer Performance Festival held each year at the Dana Discovery Centre at the north end of the Park (110th Street). I meandered up there via the City of NY museum where I rested over a coffee and blueberry muffin. The museum’s café is risen from the basement and is now on the second floor with a view overlooking Central Park– part of the remodeling of the museum and  great improvement!

When I got to the Dana Center, the park chairs  were already taken and  most of the audience had the foresight to bring their own folding seats and were sitting under the trees. I found a standing spot on the roots of a tree which gave me a clear view of the performers but was very uncomfortable underfoot.

The audience was not the youthful one I expected for such a concert; it was composed mainly of baby-boomers taking their jazz seriously. I would have  stayed for the whole jig, but, after a few numbers, my roots got the better of  my legs and I had to find a seat. One behind the toilets allowed me to listen but not see!

Click on the pictures for detail

View across the Meer

View across the Meer

Dana Discovery Center

Dana Discovery Center

Waiting audience

Waiting audience

Vanderlei Pereira, Leader of the group

Vanderlei Pereira, Leader of the group

The assembled group

The assembled group

The vocalist

The vocalist

This lady was a follower of the Band, I think

This lady was a follower of the Band, I think

Intent audience

Intent audience

Back of Dana Discovery Center

Back of Dana Discovery Center

The algae bloom didn't help the fishermen much but it add  a very nice green to the scene!

The algae bloom didn’t help the fishermen much but it added  a very nice green to the scene!

As it happened, "The blindfold Test" had completion not very far away. This group of elderly musicians were playing their drums just for joy.

As it happened, “The blindfold Test” had completion not very far away. This group of elderly musicians were playing their drums just for joy.

 watched . . . . . .

watched . . . . . .

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. . . . by the balloon man

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