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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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Met Breuer and Met Roof

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Met Museum’s new branch, The Met Breuer, housed in the old Whitney building. And from there, I went over to the Met itself  to see the latest art installation on the roof. I was struck by the distinctly different mindset of the curators in the two entities. The Met is its old self but, in the Breuer, it has created a, perhaps, startling counterpoint to itself.

Here is the roof installation by Cornelia Parker:

Artifact

Artifact

 

Artifice

Artifice

 

 . . . just skin deep.

. . . just skin deep.

 

and here  are some of the works from the upper floor of the ‘Unfinished: Thoughts left Visible’ exhibit at The Breuer:

 

conFRONTATION

confrontation

 

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