My wife, Kimberly and I were students at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in the sixties. At that time Henry Humphreys was the music critic for the Enquirer and, although I do not recall the name of the critic or that of the other newspaper, there was more than one critical voice reviewing and reporting music in our city. Not only did they review the large arts organizations – the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera, the May Festival – but they also covered Cincinnati Matinee Musicale and most events at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
When we retired to Cincinnati in 2009, forty years later, the Enquirer was quickly diminishing its physical size and coverage not only of the arts but of all the other areas that are usually lumped into “Living” or “Lifestyles” sections along with any number of subjects except arts and culture.
We then turned to reading the NY Times and on-line arts publications to keep up with what’s going on in the world of the arts and in the world at large: politics, national and international news. And we read Janelle Gelfand, the Enquirer’s music critic on line.
Now, in what appears to be its dying days, the Enquirer, in a bluntly draconian manner, gets rid of its music critic, the estimable Janelle Gelfand. How sad and, I dare say, how stupid on the part of that newspaper’s management to alienate a substantial number of its readership in so doing!
We wish our friend Janelle Gelfand Godspeed.
Rafael de Acha http://www.Rafael’sMusicNotes.com All About the Arts 9/21/17