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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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An hour or two at the Met

The forecourt of the Met Museum is boarded off while a complete remodeling is under way. There are going to be fountains and floodlights and seats strategically placed so that patrons will be able to watch the traffic streaming down Fifth Avenue. In the meantime the restricted entrance space is crowded with tourists making the best of the limited seating on the steps. This makes for an hazardous journey for incoming geriatrics who need the railings to pull themselves up by. But, judging by the architects’ drawings, this inconvenience will be a small price to pay for the improvements. Click on the pictures for detail.

A peep over the north side hoarding to see the work in progress . . . . . .

A peep over the north side hoarding to see the work in progress . . . . . .

Make way , coming through!

Make way , coming through!

shirt detail  . . . .

shirt detail . . . .

The sun was streaming through the fanlight of the Greek Hall

The sun was streaming through the fanlight of the Greek Hall

"Primitive" art

“Primitive” art

. . . . . . scary!

. . . . . . scary!

Heavy headgear!

Heavy headgear!

The aim of this visit to the Met was to see the latest installation on the Roof Garden. Meandering through the lower galleries before I found the appropriate elevator was an added bonus. When I attained the roof, however, I wasn’t quite so sure that I hadn’t already seen the main event.

The Roof Garden Commission was executed by Imran Qureshi from Pakistan, an artist, whose work I had not seen before.  At first sight the work seem to be a mass of blood splashes covering a wide area of the roof, as if someone had slaughtered a pig and emptied the blood bucket haphazardly. On closer inspection, many of the splashes contained leaf-like patterns.

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Detail . . . .

Detail . . . .

An interesting plus to the roof visit was this unusual view of Cleopatra’s Needle being inspected. For wear, I suppose?

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On my way out, I discovered this wonderfully carved erotic, from the time before porn was discovered:

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