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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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“The Secret World Inside You”

Our bodies are home to some 100 trillion bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms and this interacting host is called : ‘The Human Microbiome’. Just before I went on the trip to Nicaragua, Christine and I attended a members’ preview of the wonderful exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Every thinking person should see this exhibit. It demonstrates beautifully, how our existence is completely dependent on the very smallest organisms which have existed from the beginning of life on this planet.

the exhibit uses film clips and hands-on demonstrations which are  essential to the understanding of the subject, but, a lot of reading is required too. Two hours minimum is needed to absorb all that the exhibit has to offer.

For members, there was a glass of wine waiting in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals–much needed by mentally exhausted patrons. Here are a few pictures of the colourful displays:

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Christine was so impressed with the exhibit that she felt compelled to show her oneness with the Gorillas!

Christine was so impressed with the exhibit that she felt compelled to show her oneness with the Gorillas!

The End – Click on the pictures for detail

 

 

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