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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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Farewell Prague

This is the last of eight posts covering the River Elbe trip I made with Kim last November. The host of noteworthy experiences and the number of friends we made on the trip made this posting session such a long drawn-out one.  I hope it hasn’t been too boring.

This post is, largely, about the farewell dinner we enjoyed with our fellow travelers at one of Prague’s many great restaurants and the entertainment put on by the restaurant staff. Kim and I found it a fitting end to a thoroughly interesting trip; satisfying in all aspects. Grand Circle with Peter and Marina did us proud!

Click on the pictures for detail

Prague's crowded sights

Prague’s crowded sights

Me and Peter on Charles Bridge

Me and Peter on Charles Bridge

Crowded sights

More crowded sights

. . . . . . .

The view most photographed!

Ladies of Prague!

Ladies of Prague!

Ornate architecture

Ornate architecture

Hot wine goes down well . . .

Hot wine goes down well . . .

. . . . . also goes well with a nice slice of roast pork!

. . . . . also goes well with a nice slice of roast pork!

Peter and Martina have a serious 'Port  Talk'

Peter and Martina have a serious ‘Port Talk’

Fellow travelers . . . .

Fellow travelers . . . .

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. . . . . .

Farewell dinner . . .

Farewell dinner . . .

Beware! The waiter is pouring the wine . . . .

Beware! The waiter is pouring the wine . . . .

Masque. Which one is the real dancer?

Masque. Which one is the real dancer?

Chanteuse . . .

Chanteuse . . .

Exuberant couple . . .

Exuberant couple . . .

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 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

Strange instrument!

Strange instrument!

 . . . even stranger . .

. . . even stranger . .

Old lady of Prague  . . . .

Old lady of Prague . . . .

 . . . . .  bids us all a toothy farewell!

. . . . . bids us all a toothy farewell!

THE END

Note. I am somewhat ashamed to admit that, in drawing out these posts over such a long time, my ageing memory has caused me to confuse faces and names of some of the many friends we met and whose company we enjoyed so much. Rather than embarrass myself further, I have left captions blank and hope that Kim and younger memories will come to my rescue. Ben

 

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2 Responses

  1. Enjoyable to me…I don’t know them so I don’t need their names, Just Yours, Ben! Nereida

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