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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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Update on Ben

Ben had his valve replacement surgery today. The surgery took place at 4 pm and by 7:30 pm he was in the recovery room.  He was still very groggy. The Dr. told us that  the surgery went very well but that since they put the replacement valve in his heart had been relying on a temporary pace maker to get the correct rhythm . This means that tomorrow he will need to have a permanent Pace Maker placed.  The Dr. said that this is not unusual and is not a difficult surgery. He will probably stay in the intensive care unit for the next two days.

I will update everyone tomorrow evening.

Susan

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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for the update. Wish Ben our best from Lloyd, Nana, and the whole crew!

  2. Sending healing thoughts to Ben.

  3. Susan, thank you for the update. I wish him the very best…and I’ll see him when he is home. Love, Nereida

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