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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 – Trials of a modern Santa, Intrepid Museum, Tranqil Hudson Valley and bleak Central Park

I wonder if children of today recognize the tremendous task that Santa faces in our modern society–gone are the cute thatched cottages of yesteryear where climbing down the chimney was a fairly simple matter; now-a-days he has to carry heavy equipment in order to make his deliveries. Here he is in action at a building near me:

Click on the pictures for detail

40 stories up!

40 stories up!

Look out, below!

Look out, below!

I went with Craig to the Intrepid Museum particularly to see the newly established “Enterprise” exhibit two or three weeks ago. I found it disappointing. While the massive flying machine is an awesome piece of humans’ audacious  ingenuity, a great opportunity was lost by not allowing access to the inside so that people could get some feeling for what the astronauts endured and the views they saw from space.

Even the inside of the  Concorde is now closed to the public. Here are some pictures:

Pointed nose

Pointed nose

undercarriage of the British Airways' Concorde

undercarriage of the British Airways’ Concorde

Endeavour

Enterprise

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Nose wheel

Nose wheel

Distinctive nose

Distinctive nose

sputnik's cabin

sputnik’s cabin

Dining umbrellas in Cold Spring

Dining umbrellas in Cold Spring

The Hudson at West Point

The Hudson at West Point . . . .. . .

View form Thayer Hotel, West point

View form Thayer Hotel, West point

Bleak Central Park

Bleak Central Park

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Welcome in any weather . . . . . . .

Welcome in any weather . . . . . . .

Red tailed hawk looking fro prey

Red tailed hawk looking for prey

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