Jeffrey Kahane deserved
his standing ovation after conducting the Mostly
Mozart Orchestra and was the soloist in three piano
concertos. It was an astonishing performance. It was
a delight for the audience to listen to to three of Mozart's
finest concertos, beginning with my favorite Piano
Concerto No. 21 in C major, K.367, which
acquired even more fame, when the second Andante
movement served as music for the popular Swedish
romantic film Elvira Madigan.
The second piece was Piano
Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K.491, a more
serious and somber work. It was a
complete contrast to the opening work. The program
concluded with the Piano
Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K.491 with
its lively third movement. It was a remarkable program.
and Kahane should be congratulated for one of the
finest concerts offered on the 50th Anniversary of
this wonderful series.
The final concert I attended consisted of four
works. It began with the Overture
to A Midsummer Night's Dream, by Mendelssohn.
The orchestra was conducted by Matthew
Halls in his debut with Mostly Mozart. The
program continued with Violin
Concerto No. 4 in D major, K.218, by Mozart,
soloist. After the intermission, two works by Beethoven followed, Overture
to Coriolan, followed by Symphony
No. 8 in F major. Halls
impressed in his debut performance, and he could not
have a finer soloist with Bell in the violin
concerto. It was a terrific conclusion for me of
five magnificent evenings of classical music.
MoMA is presenting Gaumont:
Cinema pour tout le monde until September 7. Antoine
at Antoinette, by Jacques Becker,
France, 1947, is a look at a young working class
couple living in a cramped apartment in Paris
two years after World War II.
It is a realistic view of their difficult life, which suddenly changes
when they buy a winning lottery ticket. It is a well
acted film, with a multitude of interesting
Jenny, by Marcel
Carne, France, 1936, is an interesting
melodrama about a mother, who runs a nightclub, and
supports a young gigolo. When her pretty daughter
returns after a six year absence, the plot thickens,
after the gigolo rescues her from an unwanted
encounter with an elderly roué. They fall in love,
causing an unhappy triangle with her mother. The
acting is superb, and the story is absorbing. It
holds the viewer's attention from start to finish.
Renaissance Man Joe
honored at the Metropolitan Room at the monthly This
Is Your Night Joe Sirola, He
was honored for his contributions to the NYC
Entertainment Industry as an actor on television,
film and stage, as a producer of Broadway and
Off-Broadway plays, as a painter, as a songwriter,
and as a gardner on his penthouse roof. Many of
his friends from the world of cabaret perfumed,
deRoy and Steve
Ross. It was a pleasant evening.
The MOMS Denise
Albert and Melissa
Musen Gerstein were on the radio program on
SiriusXM and appeared on the cover of New York
Family Magazine. A champagne reception with hors
d'oeuvres was held in the lobby of the new, elegant
100 Barclay Street. Sponsors included Chobani yogurt
and Subway, and families received various gifts from
the companies sponsoring the lovely event.