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Classical Music
Janelle Gelfand on the classical music scene


Janelle's pen has taken her to Japan, China, Carnegie Hall, Europe (twice), East and West Coasts, and Florida. In fact, Janelle was the first Enquirer reporter to report from Europe via e-mail -- in 1995.

Janelle began writing for the Cincinnati Enquirer as a stringer in 1991 while writing a Ph.D. dissertation in musicology at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She joined the Enquirer staff in 1993.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she graduated from Stanford University, Janelle has lived in Cincinnati for more than 30 years. In her free time, this pianist plays chamber music with her circle of musical friends in Cincinnati.

She covers the Cincinnati Symphony, May Festival and Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, chamber music ensembles, and as many recitals and events at CCM and NKU as possible.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Delta: Two mechanicals delay CSO return home




About 80 symphony musicians, staff members, conductor Paavo Jarvi, musicians with children and I were wondering if we'd ever get home Saturday, as we flew from Madrid to CVG.

Our Delta flight out of Madrid was delayed two hours because of a cabin pressure problem -- on the runway, it felt like we were at 2,000 feet. Ears popped and babies screamed. Mechanics tinkered and we took off, albeit not with a great feeling of confidence.

We arrived at JFK, where Delta was actually holding our connecting flight -- only to be told after boarding that there was a problem with the rudder. That one couldn't be fixed. Somehow, Delta found us an empty plane, and we arrived at CVG about four hours late. (Do they have planes just lying around, now that they've cut flights?)

Have the airlines become flying junkyards?

What's your worst travel story?

Photos: Waiting for new boarding passes. Below, in Madrid they shrink-wrap luggage. I'm told it's to keep your possessions from being stolen.


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