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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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Saturday, May 17, 2008

May Festival opens with an operatic triumph

Here's the review. What did you think? Leave your own review below.

There is an interesting local connection to tonight's composer, Eric Zeisl, who died in 1959. He composed his Requiem Ebraico in memory of his father, a victim of the Holocaust. The son barely escaped, himself, and eventually made his way to L.A., with a host of other prominent composers and musicians who were fleeing Europe. (I remember seeing Darius Milhaud come down for concerts while I was a student at Stanford... )

So here's some interesting geneaology about Eric Zeisl, according to James Conlon:

After he came from Vienna to Southern California, Zeisl raised a family and his daughter, Barbara, married Ronald Schoenberg, now a retired judge and the son of composer Arnold Schoenberg (who by then was also living in L.A.).

Barbara and Ronald have a son, E. Randol Schoenberg, the prominent lawyer who fought to get the Gustav Klimt paintings in Vienna back to their rightful owners in L.A. Randol Schoenberg is married to a woman from Cincinnati, but no one can recall her name. If you know it, let us know!


9 Comments:

at 5/17/2008 05:27:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife is Pamela Mayers, daughter of Howard and Marlene Mayers of Amberley Village.

Randol Schoenberg

 
at 5/18/2008 10:12:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Janelle, I must say your entry is shocking re: Randol Shoenberg and his wife. Did it not occur to you to use the internet for the most cursory of searches? Of course, Mrs. Schoenberg's name can be found, along with her parents'names, in a 10-second Google search. And misspelling Randol's name--given its anagrammatic relevance--is simply sloppy. This was truly an embarrassment for you and the Enquirer.

 
at 5/18/2008 12:42:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

She did write "according to Conlon". With that qualifier, maybe she was just reporting what she was told. Perhaps Conlon deserves your remark. At any rate, it hardly qualifies as "shocking" and getting your panties in a bunch.

 
at 5/18/2008 10:17:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Provided for ANON 5/18-@10:12 AM,
we read Janelle Gelfand for her musical prowess in reviewing our local fabulous musical events, such as the current May Festival programs, not for checking the family history plus family tree.

An alert family member supplied the missing info
after reading the review
of the meaningful Hebraic
composition of history.

 
at 5/19/2008 10:11:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, I see that Janelle, without additional comment, did go back into her original blog and correct the misspelling of Mr. Schoenberg's name. Well done.

Second, I believe the point of the "shocked" writer was that it was unnecessary to make an audience-participation game out of the identity of Mr. Schoenberg's Cincinnati-born wife, when a quick Google search yielded the answer. It was rather undignified and, dare I say, provincial.

Third, this blog doesn't purport to be journalistic in any traditional sense, and Janelle is a pianist with an advanced degree in piano performance who writes reviews, as one other commenter wrote, "of our local fabulous musical events." Let's not attach journalistic expectations to her reviews. It's not fair.

Let's just leave her alone and hope that no one outside of Cincinnati ever has cause to view this blog and all will be OK.

 
at 5/19/2008 11:47:00 AM Blogger Janelle Gelfand said...

Thanks to all for your contributions to this blog. Yes, I have a BA from Stanford University in music, a masters in piano performance from CCM (Jeanne Kirstein) and a Ph.D. in Musicology from CCM. I am devoted to music. I'm not sure that readers understand the "new reality" of journalism today. It is being redefined as we speak by blogs and YouTube and RSS feeds to your BlackBerry.

 
at 5/19/2008 01:39:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Janelle,

Thank you for the recitation of your musical credentials. Very impressive.

However, now I'm a bit confused. Does the new reality of journalism today, which, as a reader, I might not understand, no longer value diligence and research?

I'm new to this blog, and I find I agree with the "shocked" reader on this topic. I think your silly question re: the identity of Mrs. Schoenberg was just a bit tacky...coming from a journalist.

 
at 5/19/2008 02:33:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a shame that blogs tend to attract more than their share of readers ready to jump on any misstep with self righteous condemnation. Kudos to Janelle and also to Mary Ellen Hutton (on her blog) for consistently providing commentary and news worthy of our city's musical life.

 
at 5/19/2008 06:08:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI for5:19--1:39PM--'diligence and research'
and 'silly question', if musical education did include those asides, maybe they could ask for the seeking out of the 'grandchildren' of the composer's heritage.

DO NOT QUIT, there is still time til next May Festival weekend, and you may come up with more interesting areas for Janelle Gelfand to cover,while the music goes on. Whew!

 
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