• 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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Old-fasioned Conservation plus old-fashioned Ingenuity

For some time, Christine has had all the elements of her new computer ready to be assembled but lacked the space to set them up. We spent several hours at the Container store and similar DIY places for suitable ready-made shelves to attach to the wall; and many more hours on the Internet trying to find a computer hutch which would fit her 42 inch Desk–All to no avail.

As luck would have it, we found, on the curbside outside our building, a discarded free-standing book case six feet or more tall. Originally procured from Ikea and assembled, it was now back in its packaged state and bundled together for the garbage collector. I prevailed upon my friend George in the building, to transfer the bundle to my apartment, and, borrowing a hand-saw from the Super’s office, I cut the boards as accurately as I could and screwed them together with 1 1/2 inch woodscrews with the result pictured below:

. . . a hutch to fit Christine’s desk perfectly! From found materials . . .

Waste not, want not!


4 Responses

  1. Yes, I did see it and you did a fine job! You go Ben!!

  2. Looks fabulous! I have a much smaller shelving unit on my desk for little pots of stationary, pens and note. I found it in Dad’s (Dennis) garage many moons ago. I think he’d made it as a school project.
    Love to you and Christine,
    Tracey x

    • Tracey. I feel sorry that we didn’t get to see the Sir John Soames exhibit with you–next year, perhaps? I am feeling proud of myself for two reasons: first, the do-good high for helping to save the planet and, second, that I can still handle a handsaw and drill! Love, Ben

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