October has arrived! And I know because there is suddenly Pumpkin Spice everywhere – from Starbucks selling their Pumpkin Spice Latte, to candy shops selling pumpkin spice sweets to bakeries selling pumpkin spice pastry. It is also starting to be sweater weather except for today which was oddly warm.
Last week was a sluggish week for me, not sure if it’s because I’m still getting used to the colder climate (it’s harder to get up in the mornings) or perhaps I’m just feeling like my routine is getting tiring. Nonetheless, last week was still rather enjoyable as I was able to catch the Lion King on Broadway!! Katherine won the Broadway tickets lottery so we only paid $30 each for our tickets – tickets usually cost at least US$90 each and they sell out very fast. Apparently you can join the ticket lottery for $10 Hamilton tickets too :O
It truly was a visual spectacle! The way the actors imitated the movement of animals is so amazing – they made it really realistic!
Then last Saturday K and I decided to go watch the NYC Ballet perform George Balanchine’s Jewels (: NYC Ballet is part of the Lincoln Center complex and going to there will always be exciting for me – so much music and art being made there it’s just incredible. The ballet was in three parts representing three gem stones – Emerald, with music by Faure; Ruby with music by Stravinsky and Diamond with music by Tchaikovsky.
It was a good week to stay inside for some music appreciation as it was generally gloomy and rainy ): Perhaps that was why my week felt sluggish. Since it was raining hard outside, I stayed in to watch yet another concert by MSM’s Philharmonic Orchestra. They were playing songs by Charlie Parker featuring Saxophonist Vincent Herring. I think it’s really cool that MSM has jazz, musical theatre, opera in addition to the Classical music programme. Meeting people who are studying other genres of music has been very refreshing.
Apart from that I’m just spending most of my days in classes, practice, concerts, church, eating, sleeping and also enjoying the dynamism of this great city.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” Galations 5:1