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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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Allegro on The Elbe – 5 Meissen

 

 

We docked in Meissen, in the evening, immediately opposite the Albrechtsburg Castle which towers above the river. The Castle was the original home of the State Porcelain Factory. Since 1865 it was moved to the purpose-built premises in the middle of town where we paid it a tourist visit–complete with guided tour and longing look around the factory shop.

The 15th century town is well worth seeing in its own right. It has a odd feature, though: many of the numerous dormer windows are tiled to represent eyelids which give the impression of eyes peering down  from the roofs at the street below them. As you wander round the square, you have an uneasy feeling that the buildings are keeping a beady eye on you!

Click on the pictures for detail:

Our first sight of the impressive Albrechtsburg Castle

Our first sight of the impressive Albrechtsburg Castle

 

Window shopping

Window shopping

 

A 'must-read' in a Meissen bookshop

A ‘must-read’ in a Meissen bookshop

 

The demo starts . . . . .

The demo starts . . . . .

 . . . . the porcelain is being potted  . . . . .

. . . . the porcelain is being potted . . . . .

 

 . . . . the finished clay . . .

. . . . the finished clay . . .

 

 . . . . sculpted clay . . . .

. . . . sculpted clay . . . .

 

. . . assembly begins . . .

 

. . . . decoration . . .

. . . . decoration . . .

 

Ready for firing

Ready for firing

 

Finished samples for sale . . . .

Finished samples for sale . . . .

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All prices are in Euros!

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Showpiece

Showpiece

Back to the Town Square . . .

Back to the Town Square . . .

The eyes have it!

The eyes have it!

Festive shop window display . . . .

Festive shop window display . . . .

All aboard again . . . .

All aboard again . . . .

 . . . . . and sailing away to Dresden.

. . . . . and sailing away to Dresden.

To be continued.

 

 

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