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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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London’s changing skyline

London’s serene domes and spires are no longer the symbols of permanence which have captured the eye for lifetimes (mine included); its skyline changes with each visit. New monstrosities bludgeon the eye and there seems to be no end to the pursuit of architectural ugliness!

Fortunately, the building  is mostly confined to a small area of the north bank of the Thames but, disturbingly, the latest have sprung up from an area on the south bank. Happily, the newest ones are beginning to obscure the view of the earlier ones. Londoners regard their shapes with scornful amusement and label them with derisory names like: The Gherkin, The Shard and The Cheese Grater!

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Nostalgic view from the South Bank

Nostalgic view from the South Bank

 

The sublime  . . . . . .

The sublime . . . . . .

 

 . . . .  to the ugly!

. . . . to the ugly! (The cheese grater)

 

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Looking up-river from Charing Cross

Looking up-river from Charing Cross

 

Odd complex?

Odd complex?

 

The Eye is ever watchful

The Eye is ever watchful

 

Nostalgic view up-river from the South bank

Nostalgic view up-river from the South Bank

 

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