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    January 19. Started the new year off with a visit to the Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Centre. It was a wonderful outing; I felt much of the excitement of yester-year! Now-a-days there are no exotic animals, like elephants and tigers, to catch the imagination but disc-catching dogs and beautifully groomed horses and ponies performed with as much enthusiasm as their audience applauded their performance.

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    One contemporary take was a reversal of roles; a slightly framed female contortionist bore the weight of a 200lb muscleman balancing on her shoulders and torso!

     

     

     

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“Messiah Reimagined” at St. Jean Baptiste Church on Park Lane, New York

For a pre-Christmas treat, we went to hear the NYC Master Chorale and MSM Chamber Sinfonia in an unusual rendering of Handel’s “Messiah”:

The beautifully appointed St. John Baptiste church made a most impressionable backdrop for the music . . . .  Christine took this picture on her mobile phone! . . . . 

 

The reimagined version made this Messiah a little difficult to follow but, at the end, the three chorus groups plus the whole  church audience  stood up and sang a truly rousing Hallelujah Chorus!

This panoramic picture was taken, at Christine’s request, by a neighbouring audience member  . . . . . it shows off more of the  extraordinary craftsmanship on the ceiling.

Christine and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all: HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW  YEAR!  Love to everyone, Ben.

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. May you and Christine have a marvelous holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year love Amy

    On Mon, Dec 10, 2018, 3:27 PM Thompson’s Travels Ben Thompson posted: “For a pre-Christmas treat, we went to hear the NYC > Master Chorale and MSM Chamber Sinfonia in an unusual rendering of Handel’s > “Messiah”: The reimagined version made this Messiah a little difficult to > follow but, at the end, the three cho” >

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