• 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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Rehoboth Beach via The Cape May Ferry

Last week we met up with Susan and Craig for four days of R & R at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. Christine wanted to drive via the Cape May ferry — something she had not done before. The weather was warm and bright —  perfect for a boat ride — it took just over an hour to get to Lewes, in Delaware. A very enjoyable trip.

The confident smoke-stack of the ferry-boat


Top deck


Passengers waiting aft


Cape May dock

From Lewes, it is a ten-mile drive to Rehoboth Beach where Susan had booked us a room next to hers in the Sandcastle Motel. It is a very slow ten miles because the greater part of the route is through a continuous series of strip-malls requiring 14 sets of traffic lights in seven miles! The sun was too strong for me to stay long at the beach. I walked around the lake in the leafy shade of the local park; ate oysters, mussels and clams at several of the local restaurants and wound up with a fun evening at Rehoboth’s amusement arcade. Susan and I share the same passion when it comes to skeeball, cranes and whack-a-mole. My eye is not as efficient as it used to be, but I did manage to lift out a stuffed Kermit doll with one of the cranes and I successfully whacked a rubber frog  onto a floating lily pad to  be rewarded with a stuffed snake! (Susan has posted a video clip of this event on her Facebook page).

Strange name but a perfect place to relax


Appropriate décor for the biggest seafood restaurant in town


A passing visitor was so impressed by our relaxed disposition, that she asked to take this photo of us!





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