Houston music scholar hopes our readers can identify cellist

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MYSTERY MUSICIAN: These three men were musicians together in the 1920s. Author Baker has identified all but the man on the left, whom she hopes is cellist Bernard Nadelle. Nadelle, with violist Leo Zeitlin (center), Alexander Savitsky (right) and violinist David Mendoza (not pictured) were members of a string quartet that played on a Capitol Theatre radio show. Nadelle lived in Denver from 1955 until his death in 1964.MYSTERY MUSICIAN: These three men were musicians together in the 1920s. Author Baker has identified all but the man on the left, whom she hopes is cellist Bernard Nadelle. Nadelle, with violist Leo Zeitlin (center), Alexander Savitsky (right) and violinist David Mendoza (not pictured) were members of a string quartet that played on a Capitol Theatre radio show. Nadelle lived in Denver from 1955 until his death in 1964.

Houston, TX — Author Paula Eisenstein Baker, an adjunct instructor of violoncello in the music department at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX is reaching out to Catskill Mountain News readers in the hope that someone can help her identify the man on the left in the above photo.

She writes, “I’m hoping it is cellist Bernard Nadelle (189?-1964), who lived in New York City until 1954 or 1955 and then moved to Denver. The Local 802 musicians’ directory lists his address in Denver as of 1955. His obituary appeared in the News on May 7, 1964.”
She went on to say, “An article in the Catskill Mountain News published on July 13, 1951 mentions his living in a house owned by the Howard Greene family while his own house was being built. Nadelle was survived only by his wife. I wonder whether any of the Greene children still live in the neighborhood?”

A critical edition
The book in which the photo will appear is a critical edition of an overture on Jewish themes composed for the Capitol Theatre by the man in the center, violist Leo Zeitlin (1884-1930). The man on the right is Alexander Savitsky (188?-1965).
These three men (and violinist David Mendoza) played together in a string quartet on the radio program “Major Bowes’ Capitol Theatre Family,” broadcast Sunday nights on WEAF in the 1920s. The photo is labeled (on tback) “Capitol Rest Room” (i.e., musicians’ lounge).

Anyone who thinks that they can help with the photo identification is asked email Ms. Baker at:
eisenbak@stthom.edu.