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The Exoticism and Sensuality of the Music of Claude Debussy

 The Exoticism and Sensuality of the Music of Claude Debussy

Enjoy 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 his piano compositions and Deborah will talk about his life and sing some of his songs.

Louise has performed internationally as a concert pianist, accompanist and conductor. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Currently, she is a senior lecturer in the Performing Arts Department at Notre Dame de Namur University. Active as a recital pianist, opera coach and accompanist for singers and instrumentalists, her CDs are available on iTunes and

Deborah is a native of the Bay Area. She has performed internationally and regularly in opera and musical theatre. She is 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

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.

The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for mobility-impaired seniors to all Community Tuesday lectures and concerts. Contact [email protected] or call (650) 223-8741 to reserve. Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

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