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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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Contemporary Prague

At the end of our trip[ on the River Elbe, we were all driven to Prague for a two-night stay before setting off to the airport and thence, home. I had visited Prague several times before. I photographed Dorothy standing next to the medieval Astronomical Clock about forty years ago and  Ethel, standing in approximately the same place, some sixteen years ago!  This trip, I kept up the tradition by getting Kim to have her picture taken where her mother had posed all those years ago!

I didn’t notice that the architecture had altered much; the incredible craftsmanship of the ancient buildings, statuary and the Charles bridge was still a source of wonderment and there were no skyscrapers in sight! But. I did see that the modern sculpture was brutally abstract and completely at odds with the heroic religious figures of medieval times. This, I imagine, is a reflection of the young internet generation and its world-wide integration–as can be confirmed by the surprising Prague graffiti.

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On the hour, ladies and gentlemen dance and skeletons prance

Prague Guard

Prague Guard

old style . . .

old style . . .

. . . . with Chagall-like window

. . . . with Chagall-like window

Ancient and Modern?

Ancient and Modern?

 . .   detail of the old part

. . detail of the old part

Old-style heroic statuary

Old-style heroic statuary with modern protesters

Long view of Charles Bridge

Long view of Charles Bridge

Protest graffiti . . . .

Protest graffiti . . . .

Prague's babies . . . .

Prague’s babies . . . .

 . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .

Locks and Keys

Locks and Keys art

Precarious situation!

Precarious situation!

Universally recognized  - Graffiti . . . .

Universally recognized – Prague Graffiti . . . .

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

Guess who!

Guess who!

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

He even has his own Prague Pub!

He even has his own Prague Pub

To be continued.         Click on the pictures for more dramatic effect

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