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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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Canterbury Cathedral

Continuing from the last post, these are some of our impressions of the ancient cathedral. Chaucer’ Pilgrims made their way here in 1387–mainly to see Thomas a Becket’s shrine–It was destroyed by Henry VIII in 1536, however, and modern pilgrims can only see a symbolic candle which marks the spot where it was originally.

The cathedral is a massive structure. It took more than 500 years to build– The mind boggles at the craftsmanship and solid labour involved in its making!

 

. . it is undergoing extensive repair and a good deal of the exterior is obscured by scaffolding . . .

 

Those old craftsmen left not a piece of stone uncarved . . . .

 

Beautifully carved stone columns support the massive ceiling . . .

 

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The cloisters . . .

 

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Stark symbol of the age . . .

 

. . .someone left their hat and coat behind–too late to retrieve them now, I should think? . . .

 

The gloves don’t look very comfortable? . . .

 

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Guardian sculptures

 

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The stained-glass windows are magnificent works of art . . .

 

. . .as is the ceiling . . .

 

Ceiling of the bell tower . . .

 

The choir begins to form . . .

 

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The song commences.

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