NYC photos

The photos are finally on Flickr.

The trip revolved around seeing Nutcracker at Lincoln Center that Sunday because it had been such a long time since I’d seen it performed live. Watching it on the telly each year is nice, but doesn’t come close to the real thing with George Balanchine’s choreography at NYC Ballet.

While we were at it, we decided this trip should be the one where Shawn finally sees his first Broadway play. We browsed the listings for a few days before deciding on La Bête for that Saturday night, and it’s the best choice we could have made—clearly, the universe was with us on the decision. Shawn can say that his first Broadway play was an inspiring night of theatre that included probably the best stage actor in the world right now, Mark Rylance, along with David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley. After the performance, outside the theatre, all three were chatty, chummy, and hammy, posing for photos with La Bête audience members. Sadly, I didn’t get a photo with Mark Rylance—I did a favor for someone else by taking their photo with him, but got distracted and didn’t ask to reciprocate.

We also decided to wait in line for half-price tickets to catch the matinee of The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway that Saturday afternoon. What a hoot. So glad we saw it. There are so many people who wait for him after each performance that he makes an appearance with a megaphone and chats up the throngs as Paul Reubens, still dressed in his Pee-wee clothes, which is a little surreal. He thanked everyone over and over for the support over the years, and is genuinely astounded that the Pee-wee popularity goes on and on.

The other thing I was craving to see live again was the South Street Seaport singing tree. When I was a younger lass, my parents took me there every year for my birthday. We usually had a nice dinner at either the Yankee Clipper or Sweet’s (which is no longer there), then we’d meander the Seaport and catch a performance at the tree. This year’s chorus was Cantori New York—probably the best Seaport chorus I’ve seen.

We also did the regular visit to the Rockefeller Center tree and Sak’s Fifth Avenue, but it was a quick dart-through, as it was teeming rain that entire Sunday.

Click for photos from December 10-12, 2010

And here’s the short slideshow again, if you’re not interested in Flickr:

NYC

Here’s a short slideshow from last weekend’s trip to NYC during the holiday season—the best time of year for the city.

Transpose the song’s lyric references of snow to teeming rain, and the song is a perfect fit.

These photos are just a smattering—the remainder will be on Flickr soon.

Sherwin Sleeves — Christmas La La Song

Strawbery Banke Candlelight Stroll

Click for photos from December 5 in Portsmouth, NH

Nerdy Movie Night

Click for theater friends watching nerdy movies on December 4 in Portsmouth, NH

Grammys

David has racked up 5 more nominations, including Producer of the Year again, and two nominations in one category (Best Classical Album).

He owns 6 awards so far. Will he have a repeat performance of being a multiple award winner in one night? Tune in on February 13 to find out.

Category 94
Best Surround Sound Album
For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.
BRITTEN’S ORCHESTRA
Keith O. Johnson, surround mix engineer; Keith O. Johnson, surround mastering engineer; David Frost, surround producer (Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony)
[Reference Recordings]

Category 95
Best Engineered Album, Classical
An Engineer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)
MACKEY, STEVEN: DREAMHOUSE
David Frost, Tom Lazarus, Steven Mackey & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Gil Rose, Rinde Eckert, Catch Electric Guitar Quartet, Synergy Vocals & Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
[BMOP/sound]

Category 96
Producer Of The Year, Classical
A Producer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)
DAVID FROST

  • Britten’s Orchestra (Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony)
  • Chambers, Evan: The Old Burying Ground (Kenneth Kiesler & The University Of Michigan Symphony Orchestra)
  • Dorman, Avner: Concertos For Mandolin, Piccolo, Piano And Concerto Grosso (Andrew Cyr, Eliran Avni, Mindy Kaufman, Avi Avital & Metropolis Ensemble)
  • The 5 Browns In Hollywood (5 Browns)
  • Mackey, Steven: Dreamhouse (Gil Rose, Rinde Eckert, Catch Electric Guitar Quartet, Synergy Vocals & Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
    Meeting Of The Spirits (Matt Haimovitz)
  • Two Roads To Exile (ARC Ensemble)

Category 97
Best Classical Album
Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) if other than the Artist.

MACKEY, STEVEN: DREAMHOUSE
Gil Rose, conductor; Rinde Eckert; Catch Electric Guitar Quartet; David Frost, producer; David Frost, Tom Lazarus, Steven Mackey & Dirk Sobotka, engineers/mixers; Silas Brown, mastering engineer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Synergy Vocals)
[BMOP/sound]

VERDI: REQUIEM
Riccardo Muti, conductor; Duain Wolfe, chorus master;
Christopher Alder, producer; David Frost, Tom Lazarus & Christopher Willis, engineers/mixers (Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Barbara Frittoli & Mario Zeffiri; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus)
[CSO Resound]

Piles of trophies for masterful work

Juletre

Went up tonight.

Why not.

Rockefeller Center did their tree two nights ago.

Boston did their tree tonight.

So we did too.

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