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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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“Age of Empires” at the met Museum

The Met Museum has mounted an exhibition of Qin and Han dynasties artifacts from 32 sources in China. It includes a few of the famous ‘Terracotta Army’ figures which Dorothy and I  admired in situ so many years ago. Viewing this (very comprehensive) exhibit, I was struck by the range of  expressions the ancient artisans  were able to portray in their human sculptures–many were quite hilarious. One would never believe  that the Han dynasty people of two thousand years ago would have a sense of humour? In contrast, their animal sculptures were mainly fierce and scary. Here are few pictures (taken without flash, of course) to illustrate the point:          Enlarge to full screen for the best detail.

Han dancer strutting her seduction routine . . . the severe and reproachful countenance was reserved for those men who did not appreciate her art.

 

Full frontal nudity was common 2,000 years ago and was taken quite seriously .  Headgear of some kind was, however, mandatory.

 

A mass of happy Han faces. Only the bull seems to be unamused.

 

This Han gentleman looks quite severe– perhaps his hat is not fitting as well as he had hoped? . . .

 

. . . . on the other hand, this air-borne enchantress with her offering bowl looks quite content with her lot.

 

Two Han comedians doing their sign-off routine.

 

Row of manikins . . .

 

Row of horses . . . .

 

. . . . . all equally content  .. . .

 

. . . as is this one . . . .

 

. . . this one is fierce and fiery though . . .

 

. . . perhaps because he is being set upon by this awesome lion ?

 

Unsuspecting herd of cows–unaware of its impending fate!

 

After an exhausting day in the galleries, nothing can beat a leisurely lunch in the museum’s café overlooking Cleopatra’s Needle in Central Park!

 

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2 Responses

  1. I still haven’t gotten over you and Dave seeing the terracotta soldiers on exhibit in Montreal. I was so envious.

    • Amy. Thank you for reminding me. Dave and I were not just fishermen!–No. We crowded in as many adventures as we could in our trips to, and from Cochrane. Love, Ben

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