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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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Around New York and The Battle for Central Park!

 

Our gardener, who show-cases our mini-park garden, introduced an exotic new plant this Spring. Its Latin name is: Frittilaria Imperialis (common name: Crown Imperial). He planted four of them in a row at different intervals so that we could see the progression of the bloom:

"Crown Imperial"

“Crown Imperial”

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Blossom at its peak–ready for the bees!

Taking the No.1 train to the Lincoln Centre Station (a first time for me), we encountered this very nice tile work. The MTA is concentrating a great deal more these days on making their tunnels culturally friendly and, certainly, the subway is becoming the transport method of choice.

Dancing ladies

Carefree dancing ladies

Diva?

Diva?

Walking unaware near Cleopatra’s Needle, Christine and I were suddenly surprised to find Central Park under attack by opposing groups of warriors of The Barony of Empire’s Grove! The fighting was fierce but sporadic and the archers, firing their cotton-ball loaded arrows, were not the most accurate practitioners of the art. Never-the-less, by-standers and participants alike, enjoyed the spectacle even though the former were somewhat puzzled by it all.  Very little territory was taken, but the protagonists promised to return to the same field each Sunday to continue the battle:

Arm to Arm combat

Arm to Arm combat

Defensive stance

Defensive stance

SONY DSC

Archers attack!

Warrior suiting up

Warrior suiting up

Into the fray!

Into the fray!

Strategy conference

Strategy conference

Daunting foe

Daunting foe

The weapons carrier

The weapons carrier

When Susan came to visit last week, we drove up to Tarrytown to pick up her granddaughter, Zoe, for a birthday treat at a nearby hibachi restaurant. These few shots give a taste of the atmosphere:

Serene guardian of the sushi eaters .. .

Serene guardian of the sushi eaters .. .

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Our chef intent on his performance.

Our chef intent on his performance.

Finally, a fresh look at a detail of Paul Manship’s gate to the Children’ Zoo:

A great deal of Paul Manship's work decorates Central Park

A great deal of Paul Manship’s work decorates Central Park

Click on the picture for detail

THE END

 

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