Thursday, February 12, 2015

Weather - New York Philharmonic - Snow Orchid - Bob Simon - Fairy Tale

Thursday==>Well, my loyal and faithful readers and followers ... the weather here in the Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, continues to be shitty ... yeah ... I know that is a nasty word ... but shitty best describes what has been going on here for the month of February.

Right now, at 11:00am it is 34º, wind chill down to 29º, manageable ... but ... we have rain, sleet and snow in the forecast for the afternoon and into the evening. Then ... for Friday, Saturday and Sunday we are promised freezing cold with lows in the single digits.

Man ... I am getting more than tired about this ... but ... ain’t nothing I can do about it except bitch ... so ...

We will just go ahead and get today’s posting started with ...

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

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA @ Avery Fisher Hall - The program was:

MacMillian - Piano Concerto No. 3 “The Mysteries of Light” (performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet); 
Faure - “Pelleas et Melisande” Suite; and,
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4

Billi Pod’s report card==>Totally Enjoyable

I was happily surprised by MacMillian’s Piano Concerto, performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet. It was involving and melodically pleasant, something that is rare in today’s so-called “modern” works. This performance was its NYC premiere and it was well-received by the audience.

The highlight of the evening was, of course, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, impeccably performed by the orchestra. The first and fourth movements are simply majestically beautiful. 

The audience gave the orchestra a well-deserved standing ovation.

Yep ... your favorite blogger was a happy camper as he left Avery Fisher Hall.

Moving on to tonight’s entertainment event ...

The Off Broadway show ...

8:00==>SNOW ORCHID - “It's 1964 Brooklyn and Rocco Lazarra is returning home to face his family after having suffered a nervous breakdown. His fiery wife, Filumena, longs for her native Sicily, while their two sons hope for a better life. As secrets are revealed, everyone is forced to re-examine their relationships, fears and dreams in this explosive family drama.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

My gut tells me this is going to be filled with boozing, screaming, yelling, cussing, physical violence and basically unlikeable characters. 

This show is playing at The Theatre Row Complex on my West 42nd Street block (meaning I will only briefly be exposed to the elements), has a running time of 2:15, with intermission, and runs through February 28th.

Moving on ...

Bob Simon, a “60 Minutes” correspondent and veteran CBS News foreign correspondent, died Wednesday night in a car crash at 12th Avenue and West 30th Street in Manhattan. Simon was a passenger in a Town Car. He was headed to a medical seminar downtown. He was not wearing a seat belt.

While covering the Gulf War in January 1991, Simon was captured by Iraqi forces, along with three other CBS News crew members, and imprisoned for 40 days. He later wrote a best-selling book about this experience.

Simon had been a contributor to “60 Minutes” since 1996.

This is a grievous loss to the journalism community.

Let’s close this out with something a bit more upbeat ... 
You are welcome.

Ah ... yes ... it is 11:45am and it is now lightly snowing.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.37 miles (or, 9,560 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>176.02 miles (average 4.19 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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