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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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Welcome Spring! Subway progress and Garden regress

There is nothing like a bout in hospital to concentrate the mind. Mine concentrated, almost exclusively, on getting out of there as soon as humanly possible, no matter how wonderful the nursing!  It was helped, no end, by the Spring-angled  sun which reached through my window for a few short hours most days when I was in the hospital room and not being breech-loaded into some diabolical tube or other.

A soon as I was able (and allowed) to walk out a little, unaided, I took the 96th street bus to Fifth and wandered along to the NY City Museum for a look at any new exhibits I had missed. En passant I called in at my old Cardiologist;  the one who  looked after my calcifying valve for many, many years before he went into private practice. We greeted each other like long-lost brothers. So sensitive was the moment, that I forbore to remind him of his forecast that I would be long dead before he had to do anything about a repair to my unruly valve!

There are two new exhibits on display at the City. One has odd viewing periods and I was not there during one of them. The other is a room full of revolutionary era and civil war era portraits of prominent men and women of the times. The artists are not household names according to my sketchy knowledge but, their skill was of the very highest order. Skin tones were bright and beautifully modelled and the ladies’ dresses and jewelry were painted with unbelievable realism. I couldn’t spend too much time viewing them  because I was expecting Christine to meet me outside in the Conservancy Gardens where Spring was bursting out all over, and I was doubly anxious to expose my bright new titanium and pigskin valve to the sun and blossoms of its first Spring in situ:

Forget-me-nots!

Forget-me-nots!

 

Regular and hybrid Magnolias almost at their peak.

Regular and hybrid Magnolias almost at their peak.

 

. . . . . .

Ah! Spring!

 

Christine among the blossoms, carefully protecting her repaired macular

Christine among the blossoms, carefully protecting her repaired macular

 

One of the magnificent portraits displayed in NYC Museum's new exhibit

One of the magnificent portraits displayed in NYC Museum’s new exhibit

 

After two year's of intense reconstruction, the Cooper Hewett garden has bee reduced to this! The only compensation is that the cafeteria now serves jelly doughnuts!

After two years of intense reconstruction, the Cooper Hewett garden has been reduced to this! The only compensation is that the cafeteria now serves jelly doughnuts!

Second  Avenue progress–92.6% complete

The west side is now paved. The sidewalks reinstated with cut-outs for trees and new street lamps installed:

The west side is now paved. The sidewalks reinstated with cut-outs for trees and new street lamps installed. In this, in-progress, picture you can see my fresh fruit vendor Bangladesh (He calls me Englander!). His stall is now back to the site it was moved from, 4 years ago!

 

The new (and Final?) traffic pattern on the west side of 2nd. Final work has already  commence on the east side lanes.

The new (and final?) traffic pattern on the west side of 2nd Ave. Final work has already commenced on the east side lanes.

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2 Responses

  1. There is nothing like Spring in Central Park in NYC – nice shots! Wow! Second Ave. is starting to look like Second Ave with a new coat of asphalt and concrete! It will be great to see the temporary fencing and barracades removed – hopefully this Summer.

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