• Upcoming Trips

    Feb-March None booked as yet
  • theatre and Concerts

    February 26. Saw concert versions of two my favourite Puccini operas at the MSM: La Rondine (Act I) and Gianni Schicchi. Both made the very most of the small stage and were cleverly directed by Kenneth Merrill from the side of the auditorium. The young cast had an hilarious time putting on the show – and so did  we!

    March 2. Saw “Twelve Angry Women”, a play on the well-travelled jury deliberations theme, at the Producers Club. It is fast moving, ding-dong exchange of ideas with “whodunnit” detective analyses interspersed. Sadly, only one of the twelves actresses really could project; the others could not, for the most part, be heard clearly enough for our old ears to pick up the nuances of the dialogue, even in the  Club’ s intimate auditorium.

    March 3.  Carnegie Hall hosted Edith Monaco in a solo piano recital on Sunday evening. She played a nice, but not too exciting,  programme  ending with Moussorgsky’s “Pictures at an exhibition”. She seemed  totally concentrated on the accuracy of her playing and did not glance at, or turn the page of, the music in front of her.

    March 20. The MSM celebrated Pincus Zukerman’s 70th birthday and the 25th anniversary of his ‘Performance Program’. It was an extraordinary musical event: an awesome display of the incredible young talent that the Master and the MSM have nurtured.

    Of the solo violinists performing, the most exciting, for me, was  Jesus Reina who chose pieces by Paganini and played them in a manner reminiscent of Sarasate. But the highlight was Bach’s ‘Concerto for Two violins’; for the first movement, Mr. Zukerman led in his 12 year-old protégé, Nathan Gendler who played opposite the Master with the absolute confidence of an old hand who had begun his concerting at the age of six!

    For the second movement, Pincus Zukerman led in SoHyun Ko, a young lady of sixteen. She played her part with equal talent and confidence.

    The two youngsters played the third movement  by themselves (The Master staying off-stage while they wowed the sold-out audience!).

    The programme ended with Mr. Zukerman conducting the MSM Symphony Orchestra in Dvorak’s ‘Slavonic Dances’ and everybody (Orchestra and audience alike) singing him “Happy Birthday”!






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Memorial Day at the Waterford

Since the weather forecast was not propitious for a long drive out of the city, Christine had a spur-of-the moment urge to invite a few of our friends over for a Memorial Day barbecue. I concentrated on concocting a large bowl of my world-famous Sangria, which I set out on the balcony, while she went hammer and tongs at a table laden with corn-on-the-cob, sliders (mini hamburgers) and hot-dogs. To go with them, she made bowls of tomato salad and cucumber salad and a mixed fruit and berry platter–Cheeses and crackers to start with. All the guests brought lots of wine and some of them brought extra food! Enlarge the pictures for detail:


Margaret,  Barbara (Christine’s friends) and Christine look over her handiwork


Tuck in!


My friend, Barbara standing, Stuart her husband and Nereida sitting


Genie and her mum, Nereida


Nosh galore!


Genie samples the barbecued fare– She cooked, and  brought to the party, a dish of spicy chicken wings and drumsticks which greatly added to the variety of food–they were HOT and delicious!


Christine and Genie swap recipes?


Barbara and Nereida (Courtesy Nereida’s camera)


Viewing the artwork . . .


What’s up there?


The three tennis ladies . .


Barbara and . . . .


. . . husband, Stuart (Courtesy Nereida’s camera)


Margaret and Barbara


Paula and me (Courtesy Nereida’s camera)


Genie . . . .

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you, Ben, we all had a lovely time at your place, as Genie says, “The Art Museum at Ben’s”! Yes, the food was picnic-style by Christine and quite yummy and sangria excellent!

    What will you concoct for July 4th!???


    • Thank you! Nereida for the Malbec and your banana bread — they are going down with great pleasure. I’m glad you all enjoyed the party. On July 4th, I hope to concoct a brilliant ‘Thank-you’ note!, Love, Ben

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