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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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New York Day (with sketches)

These glorious summer days have afforded us more picnic time in Central Park than I can ever remember. Rarely have I had to wear jeans; my shorts are all getting frayed round the edges from the constant washing of the wine-splattered  denim! They have been de rigueur throughout the long days, even in the very late hours when we have returned from Shakespeare in the Park,  for example.

A change from previous  ‘New York Days ‘ is that I have transferred my allegiance from the Turtle Pond and its backdrop of the purpose-built watercolour subject (The Belvedere Castle), to the Harlem Meer; largely because my lungs  increasingly object to my walking uphill with the weight of  my painting equipment!

I now take the 96th Street crosstown bus to Fifth Avenue and walk north, on the flat, a few blocks to the Meer. From my painting vantage point at the south end of the Meer I can listen across the water to the Rock bands on Sundays at such a distance that the music falls pleasantly upon the ear and the vibrations of the ear-shattering drums is reduced to a tolerable rhythm.

The mood of the scene from my painting place varies, of course, with the weather, season and time of day: Here is a favorite view:

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A view from my painting rock

A view from my painting rock  . . . . .

Me absorbed in painting an element of it.

. . . . . .   me absorbed in painting an element of it. Picture, courtesy a gracious visitor, Samil Kavranglu (formerly from Istanbul). . . . . .

 . . . the result of the intense creativity-- my rendering of the Dana Discovery Center1

. . . the result of the intense creativity– my rendering of the Dana Discovery Center

We have been to see Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacourt Theatre three times so far. Obtaining free tickets entails our joining the Seniors bench in time for the noon lottery. People arriving after the bench is fully occupied have little or no chance of a ticket for the day’s performance.

Christine says she is standing in for me?

Christine says she is standing in for me?

Christine works in the 86th Street branch of Fox’s Ladies Wear. She invited the branch manager, her boss (also called Christine!), to supper one night. Here she is on the balcony during a very enjoyable visit:

Christine of Fox's!

Christine of Fox’s!

A propos  none of the above, here is a watercolour which has little merit or meaning as far as its creator can determine! But, its weirdness is of interest perhaps?

"Out of Africa"

“Out of Africa”

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