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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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Columbus Day Parade – A real bore!

I have noticed over the past several years that the much hyped Columbus Day parade is suffering a distinctly diminishing participation, by both sponsors and onlookers.  Watching it this year, was just plain boring; there was a wait of ten minutes, or so, before the appearance of succeeding (mediocre) floats and, if it had not been for the hard-working marching bands, the intervals would have been a great deal longer.  There was very little to see except for straggling groups of marchers doing their very best to raise some enthusiasm from the thinning ranks of onlookers. The Grand Marshal passed by unnoticed until he dismounted from his  undistinguished truck and announced himself! Perhaps it is time to consign the parade to history?

Here are the  few views I found of interest:

Click on the pictures for detail.

Marching models

Marching models


White-knuckle maneuver

White-knuckle maneuver


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Cockades to the fore!


Stylish marchers!

Stylish marchers!


Innovative display . . . .

Innovative display . . . .




One Response

  1. Thanks for showing the pictures, in all the years I lived near, I’ve never gone to this parade.

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