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  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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Feeding Frenzy in the Park

On my way to the tennis courts to see Christine play, I came across this robin’s nest precariously balanced on the smooth limb of a Plane tree.  There was so much frenetic fluttering whenever the mother or father flew in with a beakful of insects that a hand-held camera was out of the question. I returned the following day with my tripod, fully expecting the nest to be on the ground and the nestlings dead–but there they were, as active as ever, giving my auto-focus a terrible time. These are the best of a poorly-focused bunch. Click on them for the best view:

Anticipation is high . . .

Anticipation is high . . .

 

Here's dad . . .

Here’s dad . . .

 

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

   ? . . . . . .

? . . . . . .

 

FOOD!

FOOD!

 

Get some more!

Get some more!

 

Where is it then?

Where is it then?

 

MORE FOOD!

MORE FOOD!

 

What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

 

That's the ticket!

That’s the ticket!

 

Stuff it right down.

Stuff it right down.

 

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