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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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Atlantic City–Short break

After all the surgeons’ cuttings and scrapings, I felt a complete change from the city would help the restoration. And, Sunday, the fifth of June happened to be Christine’s birthday.

Christine drove out of a damp NY City through some very heavy downpours to sunny Atlantic City only 100 miles south. After a walk along the sand we made reservations at the newly refurbished “Dock’s” restaurant, two blocks  inland from Caesar’s Palace Casino. There, we celebrated Christine’s birthday sharing a beautifully broiled lobster and scoffing four Bluepoints a-piece with appropriate libations.

It was 84 degrees on the following day so we took our chairs and books onto the beach and sat in the shade of one of the beach huts all day! Christine took only the time out to get us two large cold beers from the bar just inside the Tropicana. (Disguised in Mickey Mouse plastic cups).

 

Sunday evening on the beach

Sunday evening on the beach

Bring your own shade. No commercial umbrellas were available

Bring your own shade. No commercial umbrellas were available

Breakfast on the Boardwalk

Breakfast on the Boardwalk

The boardwalk lighting needed some maintenance too!

The boardwalk lighting needed some maintenance too!

THE END

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