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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, May 21, 2008

Berlin Philharmonie fire out

More than 170 firefighters battled a blaze in the famous Berlin Philharmonie Tuesday, home of the Berlin Philharmonic. The fire broke out around 2 p.m. in the roof of the historic, 1962-building, which is known for its excellent acoustics and is one of the first of Europe's modern-era concert halls. Luckily, a real disaster was averted. This was shortly before 420 musicians and singers -- including children -- were to arrive for a rehearsal of Berlioz' Te Deum conducted by Claudio Abbado, said general manager Pamela Rosenberg.

Musicians rushed in to save their priceless instruments, but of course pianos and timpani were too large to move.

Much of the roof was destroyed, but no one was hurt and the orchestra may even hold concerts in a few days, Reutters reports. Smoke billowed over the German city, and nearby Postdamer Platz.

Blogger has not allowed us to post photos all week, so I am linking to an AP story with a photo gallery.


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