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    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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“Fish” in the East Village

Last Wednesday, Julia and Roger, dear friends that they are, drove into Manhattan after their workday was over to take us to dinner at a restaurant of our choice. We thought they might be intrigued if we introduced them to our favourite fish restaurant in the Village: “Fish” on Bleeker street, where you can see your oysters being freshly shucked in the window! We all dined on Lobster, oysters, mussels and octopus salad!

After a glass of wine on the balcony, we set off on the “Q” line and changed to the “F” line for a fifteen minute ride to Washington Square, where I managed to forget where the elevator was!
I led them up and down the platform several times before we escaped in the urine-perfumed lift. But, once on the surface, all was forgiven; the East village was alive and well–shops, bars and even the pizza place was bustling. I had a sinking feeling that we would have to wait for a table but, no, when we arrived at “Fish” a vacant table for four was strategically located in the window (not the one where the oysters are shucked).

Julia and Christine

 

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High-tech selfie–Roger has the longest arm!

 

Christine and I join the toast . . .

 

“–the time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things: of shoes – and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings – and why the sea is boiling hot- and whether pigs have wings . . . .
Unlike the Walrus’s friends, our oysters came with a complimentary glass of wine!

 

Returning sated on the “Q” line

 

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Roger  and Julia, thank you for a joyous evening!

 

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One Response

  1. Thanks for sharing… even the lift 😄 Nereida

    On Fri, Jul 27, 2018, 2:03 PM Thompson’s Travels wrote:

    > Ben Thompson posted: “Last Wednesday, Julia and Roger, dear friends that > they are, drove into Manhattan after their workday was over to take us to > dinner at a restaurant of our choice. We thought they might be intrigued if > we introduced them to our favourite fish restaurant in” >

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