Janelle Gelfand

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        JANELLE GELFAND

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

12 thoughts on “Janelle Gelfand

  1. Rafael, I hadn’t heard this. Crazy! Was it in the Enquirer? Just not enough classically minded bigwigs to ensure coverage…ridiculous… Thanks, Clare

    From: Rafael’s Music Notes <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: Rafael’s Music Notes <comment+eq00ft-cuq260sdimvqn2_-_@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 9:44 AM To: Clare Callahan <callahc@ucmail.uc.edu> Subject: [New post] Janelle Gelfand

    rafaelsmusicnotes posted: ” JANELLE GELFAND 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 “

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    1. Sorry to hear this . Rafi. It is a trend that is sickening. Classical Music/ Fine Arts are clearly on the back page of most publications these days. I guess all they want to to please their young, hip readership !
      How about the rest of us ???

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  2. Yes, D’Anna, I’ve been seeing this pattern over the past…ten years here in Cincinnati. Before that I saw the same thing happen in Miami, where the dailies went down to just one and the weeklies could hardly keep up with the ever expanding arts scene.

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  3. Yes. Just shows how out of touch Cincinnati Enquirer is in a city with the highest per capita giving for the arts

    Hirsh J. Cohen Cincinnati (513) 300 5303

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  4. There is no longer any reason to subscribe to the Enquirer! I cannot believe that Janelle is longer on their staff. Lots of good wishes to Janelle. I know she will be “just fine” and I will definitely miss her Reviews. I hope she plans to stay in Cincinnati.Marylynn Eggleston

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  5. And just prior to the grand opening of our renovated Music Hall! The last of the Enquirer Arts columnists, unless you count “contributor” David Lyman. Janelle Gelfand’s expert commentary will be sorely missed. Please pass on your readers’ thanks to her for her many years of thoughtful enlightening coverage.

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