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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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Kim in New York

Kim arrived on Sunday 24th August and returned on September 5th. She  brought Rebecca (my granddaughter) with her, Rebecca’s boyfriend, Josh, and her friend Sue. Since Sue  and Josh had not visited New York before, Kim spent most of the two weeks showing them the wonders of the City. AND SHOPPING!

I did drive them out to Cold Springs one day via Bear Mountain and Christine drove them to Atlantic City for an overnight stay.

One of the bonuses of the visit is that I got my pictures hung and dusted and my light bulbs changed for free!

Click on the pictures for detail:

Kim and Sue on Bear Mountain

Kim and Sue on Bear Mountain

 

Rebecca and Josh

Rebecca and Josh

 

Turkey Buzzards on the Palisades Parkway

Turkey Buzzards on the Palisades Parkway

 

Rebecca    . . . . . .

Rebecca . . . . . .

 

 . . . . .  and Josh

. . . . . and Josh

 

Sue taking the evening sun on my balcony

Sue taking the evening sun on my balcony

 

. . . . Kim ditto

. . . . Kim ditto

 

 . . . and yours truly.

. . . and yours truly.

 

This picture was taken by Christine on her phone camera

This picture was taken by Christine on her phone camera

 

Kim modeling one of the hats she had crocheted for Susan's horses

Kim modeling one of the hats she had crocheted for Susan’s horses

 

Craig pondering

Craig pondering

 

The two daughters have a rare chat

The two daughters have a rare chat

 

 

One of the show girls at the Tropicana Casino

One of the show girls at the Tropicana Casino

 

Sue focusing

Sue focusing

 

Dinner in the smoke-shop restaurant AC

Dinner in the smoke-shop restaurant AC

 

Christine

Christine

 

Josh is an avid photographer--he is studying graphic Arts at university

Josh is an avid photographer–he is studying graphic Arts at university

 

Praying Mantis drops in for dinner

Praying Mantis drops in for dinner

 

Miss America offers her crown . . .

Miss America offers her crown . . .

 

Caesar's  Casino is not one of bankrupt ones yet

Caesar’s Casino is not one of the bankrupt ones yet. . . . . . . . .

 

  . . . . .  The man himself

. . . . . The man himself

 

 . . . his palace

. . . his palace

 

Another of the showgirls

Another of the showgirls

 

 

Prospector in Bally's Casino

Prospector in Bally’s Casino

Bally's barman

Bally’s barman

 

Kim enjoyed it all!

Kim enjoyed it all!

THE END

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