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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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Alan Gilbert conducts, and Fireworks ensue!

On a beautiful summer’s evening, maestro Alan Gilbert conducted the first of the New York Philharmonic’s concerts in Central Park–It was a blanketed-out performance!

In introducing the program, the maestro substituted a subdued Samuel Barber piece for the advertised opening, ‘Overture to the Thieving Magpie’, in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting. This was followed by Mozart’s ‘Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra’. The soloist was Antony McGill, clarinetist, who gave a truly masterly performance. And, after the intermission, Concertmaster Frank Huang, violinist, played the solo part of R. Strauss’s ‘Ein Heldenleben’ to a an highly motivated young audience.

Almost as soon as the maestro lowered his baton the fireworks burst forth behind us!.

Click on the pictures for the best detail

The temporary stage at the top of the 'Great Meadow'.

The temporary stage at the north end of the ‘Great Lawn’.

 

The hoards rest upon their blankets and feast before the music starts

The hoards rest upon their blankets and feast before the music starts

 

Blanket markers away! As soon as the last member of a party finds the right blanket among the seething mass, the markers (balloons) are released.

Blanket markers away! As soon as the last member of a party finds the right blanket among the seething mass, the markers (balloons) are released into the sky.

 

Alan Gilbert introduces the program.

Alan Gilbert introduces the program.

 

. . . .he conducts while Antony McGill prepares to join in . . . . .

. . . .he conducts while Antony McGill prepares to join in . . . . .

 

. . . here they are acknowledging the applause of the ecstatic audience.

. . . here they are acknowledging the applause of the ecstatic audience.

 

Dusk brings a fairyland backdrop to the Great Lawn . . . . .

Dusk brings a fairyland backdrop to the Great Lawn . . . . .

 

 . . . focused version. . .

. . . focused version. . .

 

. . . .psychedelic version . . .

. . . .psychedelic version . . .

 

The fireworks opened with an atomic explosion . . .

The fireworks opened with an atomic explosion . . .

 

. . . continued with a celestial candelabra . . . .

. . . continued with a celestial candelabra . . . .

 

 . . . . a star burst . . . .

. . . . a star burst . . . .

 . . . . a sunburst . . . .

. . . . a sunburst . . . .

 . . . and ended with an exploding chrysanthemum. All without the aid of a tripod!

. . . and ended with an exploding chrysanthemum. All without the aid of a tripod!

THE END

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