April 17, 2019

Music of Debussy at Westminster Series

The Westminster Conservatory at Nassau series will continue on Thursday, April 25 at 12:15 p.m. with En famille, a program designed to observe the centennial of the death of Claude Debussy. The recital includes a spoken monologue, readings, and selections from Debussy’s music for piano, performed by Westminster faculty member Mary Greenberg.

The recital will take place in the Niles Chapel of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, and is open to the public free of charge. To avoid a conflict with Holy Week observances, this recital takes place on the fourth, rather than the usual third Thursday of the month.

Greenberg will perform an original introductory monologue in the character of Debussy’s widow, Emma Moyse Bardac Debussy. She will also read a letter written by their daughter, Claude-Emma, who was known as Chouchou. The letter was written to Claude-Emma’s half-brother Raoul Bardac shortly after the death of her father. The musical portion of the program includes “Bells Across the Leaves” from Images, Book II, and the Children’s Corner Suite, a collection Debussy dedicated to Chouchou.

Greenberg teaches piano at Westminster Conservatory and in her private studio in Princeton. A graduate of Indiana University, she has performed as a solo and collaborative pianist on Westminster Conservatory faculty series and at Greenwood house. She is a member of the Belle Mead Friends of Music and the Piano Teachers Forum.

As an actress she received her training at Carnegie Mellon University, McCarter Theatre, and HB Studio in New York City. She made her New York City acting debut at the American Theater of Actors in a showcase of one-act plays. She has appeared in many roles in New Jersey regional theaters.

Greenberg is the author of the play Deer In Headlights, a contemporary work that explores musical themes, and the screenplay Trio, a biographical musical history involving three great 19th-century composers. Her Women On The Outside combined theater with the performance of Franz Schubert’s music. In a one-woman show, Greenberg has portrayed Fanny Mendelssohn and George Sand in monologue, and she has performed piano music of Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn, and Chopin.

The last Westminster Conservatory at Nassau recital of the season will take place on May 16 and will feature the Volanti Flute Quartet.