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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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Titanosaur and Crocs at AMNH

We visited The Museum of Natural History to see the mighty Titanosaur exhibit. Unearthed in Patagonia, it is the largest skeleton, substantially complete, ever found. And the donor of the bones was not even fully grown yet! The full-size reproduction of the fossil bones is too large for the exhibition room–the head protrudes through the doorway into the corridor! The following pictures give some idea of its immense bulk. Imagine the terror of the early Hominids who encountered one of these?

Click on the picture for full effect.

 

The head part . . . . .

The head part . . . . .

 

the neck part . . . .

the neck part . . . .

 

The body part . . .

The body part . . .

 

Underneath part--compare the size of the viewers . . . .

Underneath part–compare the size of the viewers . . . .

 

complexity of the casting . . .

complexity of the casting . . .

 

SONY DSC . . . . .

. . . . .

 

Here, for comparison, is a couple of normal sized dinosaura

Here, for comparison, is a couple of normal sized dinosaurs

 

THE CROCS

Interesting though it was, this exhibit did not invite photography– It was mainly  of a caption-reading and hands-on format. There were a number of live animals in  environmental tanks, but these are commonplace in zoos. Here are the only two pictures I took:

This smallish croc reminds us that these animals cannot be taken for granted. Witness the 4-year-old who was dragged away and killed at Disney World in Florida this week.

This smallish croc reminds us that these animals cannot be taken for granted. Witness the 4-year-old who was dragged away and killed at Disney World in Florida this week.

 

This one would have found Christine a tasty morsel!

This one would have found Christine a tasty morsel!

 

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