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    The Exoticism and Sensuality of the Music of Claude Debussy

    Afternoon Lecture Recital for Community Tuesdays

    When: Tuesday, 2/5/2019 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Export event

    Where: Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)

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    Enjoy an afternoon of wonderful music by Claude Debussy with Louise Costigan-Kerns on piano and mezzo soprano Deborah Rosengaus.  

    One of Claude Debussy's goals as a composer was to "express the inexpressible." He said "music is the expression of the movement of waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes." Deborah and Louise will explore Debussy's music and life and ponder why he is called the first "modern composer." Louise will play selections from Debussy's wonderful piano compositions and Deborah will talk about Debussy's life and sing some of his beautiful songs.

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCLouise Costigan-Kerns has performed internationally as a concert pianist, accompanist and conductor. Her concerts have been reviewed as "inspiring and technically amazing performances." Ms. Costigan earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She taught on the piano faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School and was the Founding Director of the New England Conservatory Extension Division Opera Studio. She was a member of the Opera Department faculty at Boston University, piano faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy and Artist in Residence at Brandeis University.

    In the Bay Area Ms. Costigan-Kerns has worked for Opera San Jose, Stanford University, San Francisco Conservatory and the San Francisco Symphony. She is a Senior Lecturer in the performing arts department at Notre Dame de Namur University. Louise is active as a recital pianist, opera coach and accompanist for singers and instrumentalists. In September 2016 she music directed and performed Ravel’s L'Heure Espagnole and Poulenc's La Voix Humaine for Opera Academy of California in San Francisco.

    Ms. Costigan-Kerns' first solo piano CD, My Favorite Performances, was released in 2004. Piano With Passion, her second CD, was released in 2007 and Into the Light, her third CD, was released in 2011. All are available on iTunes and cdbaby.com. She can be seen performing Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Harrison on YouTube.

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    Deborah Rosengaus is a native of the Bay Area. She performed internationally in East Asia and Australia, with recitals in Mexico, Europe and across the US at Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall, Beijing Center for the Performing Arts, Santori Hall in Tokyo, and Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She performs regularly in opera and musical theater performing locally with West Edge, Lamplighters, Livermore Opera, Opera San Jose, Pocket Opera, Los Altos Stage, Solo Opera and Island City Opera. She is also a sought-after lecturer with courses given for Osher at Santa Clara University, San Francisco Opera Guild, College of Marin, San Mateo Adult School and institutions for continued learning around the Bay Area. She holds a BM from USC and an MM from the Manhattan School of Music. For more information visit www.DeborahRosengaus.com.


    Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by the John R. Schwabacher Family as well as a grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. We are grateful for their generous support.

    Need a ride?

    The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for mobility-impaired seniors to all Community Tuesday lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741. 

    Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

    Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    1:00–2:30 PM
    Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
    $15 or one punch of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
    No registration required. Pay at the door.
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]


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