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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

The lot of the “middle class” is much in the news these days, so, when visiting “Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700-1860” at the Museum of the City of NY, I was surprised to find that, even in those days, it was struggling to keep pace with the times! The following poster sets out the rapidly changing social developments of the era:

Introduction to a section of the exhibit

 

And here are some of their portraits:

 

Not the wife of a Union member, I think!

Not the wife of a Union member, I think!

 

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

Successful couple.

Successful couple.

 

The museum has another exhibit running until April 29 called “Dressing Room : Archiving Fashion”. It can be viewed only on weekdays and between set hours. Live operatives can be seen  sewing, photographing and displaying postwar fashions on six foot tall manikins. I found it of little interest, but here are some views of the exhibit:

 

Darkened workshop . . .

Darkened workshop . . .

 

Photographer at work . . . .

Photographer at work . . . .

 

Seamstress adding the finishing touches.

Seamstress adding the finishing touches.

I did, however,  like the very amusing cartoons of Roz Chast which are also on Exhibition at the moment. You need your reading glasses to decipher the hand-written captions of the small (original) cartoons commissioned by the “New Yorker” magazine, but here are a couple she drew expressly for the exhibit:

 

Typical subway scene!

Typical subway scene!

 

Amusing arrangement of art and furniture!

Amusing arrangement of art and furniture!

 

Much of her word is self-analytical . . .

Much of her word is self-analytical . . .

 

Meanwhile, outside in the glorious sunny weather, I found the crab-apple trees just about to reach their peak display:

 

Crab-apple walk--It will be snowing white petals in a week or two .. . .

Crab-apple walk–It will be snowing white petals in a week or two . . . .

 

The formal tulip plantings were impressive too, but they are too cultured to compete with the chaotic outburst of untutored nature!

 

Tulips dragooned

Tulips dragooned

 

 

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