Schoenberg, Schoenberg & Mehta at Disney Hall


Not a new law firm, although the gent on the left, E. Randol Schoenberg, is an attorney. And he is a friend of artsmeme. This charming backstage-at-Disney-Hall portrait taken January 10, 2020 features Zubin Mehta, Conductor Emeritus of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, following a pithy program at the L.A. Phil of music by Wagner and more. Maesto Mehta poses with Randy, the grandson, respectively, of composers Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisel.

L.A. Phil program

According to Randy, posting on Facebook, Maestro Mehta, following the Schoenberg Chamber Symphony, Op. 9 and Webern Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6, “gave the audience a nice explanation of the Webern Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op. 24.” The piece, says Randy, was “composed as a birthday gift for my grandfather’s 60th birthday, around the time he he moved to Los Angeles in 1934.”

Obviously deeply moved to hear a live rendering of his grandfather’s music as interpreted by a legendary conductor, Randy still managed to quip, “The Wagner was great too!”

ed. note: It was my honor to learn about Randy Schoenberg’s maternal grandparent, Eric Zeisl, while writing a story for the Los Angeles Times about a work for BODYTRAFFIC to his score, “Jacob and Rachel.”

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