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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

    April 21  Went to the Manhattan School of Music’s production of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”. It was presented in the very intimate John Jay college theatre since the MSM’s own theatres are being renovated. For us, this is the way we are going to the opera in the future! for $15 Senior seats we can sit in the first few rows and hear every word! The staging is as good as the Met’s or even better if the current minimalism is taken into account, the costumes are gorgeous pre-modernization creations and the singing, while maybe not as exalting as that of the Met roster, is young and enthusiastic and mainly satisfying to our old ears.

     

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Tom Passes on!

Sadly, Tom Smith, husband to Kim, suffered a catastrophic illness last Saturday and died.

Since he lived so far away in Scotland, we had resorted to Skype for most of our conversations and, it so happened that I was awaiting a call from him that day to let me know the best version to download! Two years ago, though, he drove Kim and me around Scotland and the Isle of Skye for a marvelously interesting ten days or so, calling in on some of his relatives along the way, and we all found the accomplishment so gratifying that we determined to repeat the drive in Tom’s beloved Lowlands–postponed for ever, now, I’m afraid!

Here are a few favourite expressions of Tom:

Tom in his element — the Lowland countryside of Earlston . . .

 

Tom with one of his nieces . . . . .

 

Tom and Kim on their wedding day . . . .

 

He will be so sadly missed!

 

 

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4 Responses

  1. Know my thoughts and prayers go out to Kim and all her family at this sad time.

  2. Thank you for your support, Amy. I will pass your message on to Kim. LOve, Ben

  3. My condolences to Kim and her family.
    Thinking of you and Kim.
    Love, Chi & Florence

  4. Dear Ben Alan and I have been out of touch again (playing with our beloved boat) and now we’re home we were so sorry to hear the sad news of Tom – please pass on our condolences to Kim.   Hope you are keeping well.Take care,Love Denise & Alan xx

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