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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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The Good Ship “Allegro” and Her Merry Crew

 

My multiple posts on the subject of the shore excursions we made in the towns along the Elbe have largely ignored the  fun and relaxation we enjoyed on the “Allegro” itself. Especially in the evening when the labour of the sightseeing was done. Dinner on the ship was always a joy—wine and conversation flowing freely and the after-dinner entertainment (most often provided by the crew after their hardworking day), excellent.

We were extra lucky! Not only did  our Captain, Jurgen Luderer, drive the ship with consummate skill  but, surprise!, surprise! he had also been a professional guitarist and singer in his time and  used this talent to entertain us  when he had a free moment!

Click on the pictures for detail:

Captain Jurgen Luderer and his crew. A copy of this picture was presented to each passenger when leaving the ship.

Captain Jurgen Luderer and his crew. A copy of this picture was presented to each passenger when leaving the ship.

The Captain, senior staff and the resident pianist

The Captain, senior staff and the resident pianist

 

Refreshment in the lounge

Refreshment in the lounge

Program Director, Martina in conversation with a passenger

Program Director, Martina in conversation with a passenger

 . . .  now with the one on her left, as good hostesses will.

. . . now with the one on her left, as all good hostesses will.

. . . secrets?

. . . secrets?

The Captain performs . . . . .

The Captain performs . . . .

. . . to great applause including that of the two program Directors, Peter and Martina

. . . to great applause including that of the two program Directors, Peter and Martina

Virtuoso performance by the resident pianist, he play the guitar with the instrument perched on his head!

Virtuoso performance by the resident pianist, he plays the guitar with the instrument perched on his head!

Crew member dressed to kill . . . .

Crew member dressed to kill . . . .

Pirate service did not include rum, just wine . . .

Pirate service did not include rum, just wine . . .

Kim and Gus

Kim and Gus

Dinner partner . . .

Dinner partner . . .

 . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .

Happy pirate . . . .

Happy pirate . . . .

Comfortable library for those seeking a quiet spell . . .

Comfortable library for those seeking a quiet spell . . .

Night-club performer . . .

Night-club performer . . .

Performer . . .

Performer . . .

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

Crew mayhem . . . .

Crew mayhem . . . .

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. . . . . .

The Captain 's hat

The Captain ‘s hat

Local conjurer . . . .

Local conjurer . . . .

Kim with our two German visitors - -Ruth (on the right) and her companion.

Kim with our two German visitors – -Ruth (on the right) and her companion.

Gus . . . .

Gus . . . .

 . . . with Kim and Tom

. . . with Kim and Tom.

Baked Alaska night . . .

Baked Alaska night . . .

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. . . . . .

Kim was close enough to home to be able to use her phone from the ship[

Kim was close enough to home to be able to use her phone from the ship.

Florence

Florence

"Port Talk"

“Port Talk”

 . . . .

. . . .

Peter councils one of his group . . . .

Peter councils one of his group . . . .

Kim's latest look at our river boat before we drove to Prague

Kim’s latest look at our river boat before we drove to Prague

THE END

THE END

 

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