Remembering Bernard Greenhouse

Bernard Greenhouse was a man for all seasons.

Wellfleet’s “first citizen” – so named on his 95th birthday last January – was the founder of the Beaux Arts Trio, concertizing for many years all around the world.

After his retirement from the Trio, Bernie continued his world-wide travels until just last year, giving master classes. In addition, a particular delight for him, he continued coaching students at his home in Wellfleet; a myriad of cellists, in every corner of the globe, gratefully call him “teacher.”

Bernie was more than generous with his time and expertise, coaching and playing with many chamber music groups all over the Cape. For many years, he played at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s annual concert in his honor – or he cheered the group from the front of the hall in the audience. That annual concert will continue; this summer the Borromeo String Quartet will be playing in Wellfleet on August 12, with special guest, cellist Laurence Lesser.

We loved his wife “ Rory” (Aurora) almost as much as he did and, after her death seven years ago, Festival supporters joined many other folks with Cape connections at the annual concert in her honor to benefit the Outer Cape Health Services.

We will miss him, but his memory will never be forgotten– and his distinctive musical legacy will be readily accessible through his extensive recordings.

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