Sunday, July 7, 2013

New York Philharmonic Concert==>AWESOME!!

Sunday==>Good morning to all of my loyal and faithful readers and followers out there in the morass known as cyberspace.

Isn’t it a miracle that more people weren’t killed or seriously injured in the crash at San Francisco International Airport? Yes, it really really is.

I hope each and everyone is having a great weekend. Yes, your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, is having a lot of fun, which he would like to share with you now ... so ... why don’t we get started with ...

Billi Pod’s comments on last night’s concert at Lincoln Center ... 

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC @ Avery Fisher Hall - “The Planets - An HD Odyssey,” which was==>totally AWESOME!!

The concert was part of the Summertime Classics and was conducted by Englishman Bramwell Tovey. The theme was all “space-related.” The first half of the program was works by John Adams, Offenbach, and Jos. Strauss. Really nice!

The second half was the highlight of the evening ... "The Planets" by Gustav Holst:

Mars, the Bringer of War
Venus, the Bringer of Peace
Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
Uranus, the Magician
Neptune, the Mystic

As the orchestra played each work there was incredible footage of actual images of the planet, provided by NASA, projected on a huge screen behind the orchestra. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

It was almost overwhelming in its musical drama. The sold-out house, including moi, was transfixed. What a concept.

When the 39-minute work was concluded the orchestra and director received a well-earned and deserved standing ovation.

Yes, I left the concert with a huge smile on my face and that remained as I walked back to the apartment, PHC, on West 42nd Street.

Moving on ...

Today’s entertainment event is a Broadway show starring Nathan Lane ...

3:00==>THE NANCE - “Chauncey Miles (Nathan Lane) is a headline ‘nance’ performer in NYC’s 1930s burlesque world, who also happens to be a homosexual. His outrageous antics on stage are in sharp contrast to the unfunny dangers of his clandestine off-stage exploits.” (Broadway - discounted TDF ticket)

A “nance” was stereotypically campy and effeminate homosexual characters, most times played by a straight performer.

The show has received basically favorable reviews and Lane was nominated for a Tony (but didn’t win).

The running time is 2:30, with an intermission, and it runs through August 11th.

I am really looking forward to this because Nathan Lane is one of my favorite actors.

Now, on the sports scene ...

Well, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, in the name of fair and unbiased reporting, I must admit that this time one week ago your favorite blogger had pretty much written off The Yankees for the rest of the reason, predicting, rather snarkily, that they were headed down the sewer pipe to last place in the AL East.

I regret selling my favorite team short and overlooking their determination and resolve. My bad!! 

As most of you know, The Yankees have won 6-straight games and are currently in second place in the AL East. What a difference a week makes. 

Yesterday they won game 2 of the 3-game series against Baltimore by a score of 5-4, on clutch hitting from Eduardo Nunez, making his first start since coming off the DL. Andy Pettitte gave a so-so performance

This afternoon @ 1:10pm out at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed And Ego Built, will be the final game of the series, with Hiroki Kuroda (7-6) on the mound for The Bronx Bombers vs. Jason Hammel (7-5) for The Birds.

I am also happy to report that both Jeter and A-Rod are progressing through their minor-league rehab games. They should both return to the team shortly after the All-Star break.


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.04 miles (or, 8,839 steps)

Total mileage since 7/1/13==>23.26 miles (average 3.88 miles per day)


Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

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