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March 19, 1916 - September 7, 2015 Pearl Christlieb, after her life-long devotion to the cause of music in Los Angeles has died of heart failure at the age of 99. She was born to Julius and Sarah Gold, Russian Jewish immigrants who passed through Ellis Island en route to Cleveland Ohio. After her family moved to Los Angeles in 1922, Sarah insisted that Pearl, her brothers Morris and Ralph receive lessons in music and her sister Rose, lessons in dance. Pearl's early aptitude for music began with piano and base viol in high school and culminated later in voice training and her love for opera. After L.A. City College, Pearl had a brief stint in nursing and in 1936 was introduced to her eventual life partner, Don Christlieb, a bassoonist in the WPA (Works Progress Administration) Orchestra. Don introduced Pearl to a wonderful new world. She would meet musicians and composers who would become famous contributors the Golden Age of Film and film music. After they were married in 1938 and her sons Anthony and Peter were born, Pearl became active in PTA, after-school productions and devotion to Don's career. Pearl often-created dinner menus for composers Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, David Raksin who frequented the Christlieb home during rehearsals for Lawrence Morton's "Monday Evening Concerts ". Pearl received numerous awards from Valley Cultural Center for her pioneer efforts as musical director for the summer "Concerts in the Park" series and a commendation from Mayor Bradley and the city of Los Angeles for her outstanding achievements in the arts. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; her brothers Morris and Ralph and sister Rose. She is survived by her sons Anthony, Peter and his wife Linda; her sister-in-law, Heather Gold; numerous nephews and nieces, grandchildren and great grandchildren and numerous cousins who all shared her unselfish gift of unconditional love.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 12, 2015
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