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  • 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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Bermuda Break on the “Escape”

This break was our second on the “Escape”; too large a ship for our liking but we are now taking balcony rooms and spending much less time wandering around the rest of the ship.

It seems that there is never a cruise these days without some incident; we owe a reduction in price of this cruise to the breakdown of the “Gem” in Bermuda on our last trip–it lost power at sea and NCL had to fly all we passengers back to New York (We were delighted with the extra two days in the sun, though!) On this trip a lady fell and broke her hip and the ship’s position dictated that we make full steam to the north side of Bermuda where a rescue boat met us to take the patient to hospital! (On two previous occasions, medical emergencies have meant that the ship we were on had to turn back towards the US mainland and steam at full speed until it was in range of a helicopter which air lifted the passenger to the shore).

In addition, we lost most of a day on the island because there was no dock space for the ship and the local authorities had forbidden tendering. As a result, I poodled around the Royal Navy Dockyard for an hour or so on the last day and Christine managed only one trip to Horseshoe Beach for a swim. Never-the-less the relaxation was well worth the trip.


Official photo while we were at dinner


The Commissioner’s house and Christine . . .


Cabin steward’s towel work.


Emergency drill-Crew muster


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Another official photo – at the Captain’s table. We are next to the window on the right.


The new New Jersey – growing up beside the old Colgate Clock!




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