Why is it called Portland Rossini Club?
It was named for Italian composer, Gioachino Antonio Rossini, who died in November, 1868. Rossini Club was founded in 1869.
What kind of music did Rossini write?
Gioachino Antonio Rossini ( 29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces. Until his retirement in 1829, Rossini was the most popular opera composer in history. Probably his most famous opera was The Barber of Seville.
Do you often perform Rossini’s music?
No more than any other composer. In 1992, we celebrated Rossini’s 200th birthday with a gala celebration, performing only music by Rossini.
Have other music clubs been named for composers?
Yes, many music clubs were founded, especially in years past, and they were usually named for prominent musicians and composers. They focused on different aspects of music (few offered public concerts), and they would often meet in members’ living rooms.
What kind of music do members perform?
We usually perform in the classical idiom, which might include music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Modern periods. Occasionally, we perform in the jazz idiom.
What instruments do members play?
We have pianists, singers, and string, wind, and woodwind players. We would welcome any skilled classical musician who passes the audition.
Where do members come from?
Generally people live in the greater Portland area, though we do have one New Hampshire member.
Are all members soloists?
No. Some prefer to perform in an ensemble. They are welcome to form their own ensembles from within the Club, or to include guests from outside the Club.
Who can join?
Any adult is welcome to become an Associate Member by paying the annual dues. Associate Members don’t perform, are admitted to concerts free of charge, receive notices of our concerts and our newsletter, and may help in the administration of the Club. Active performing Members are chosen by audition.
May people subscribe to your concert series?
Yes, anyone may subscribe to our concert series by paying dues. This will entitle them to notices of and admission to our regular monthly concerts.
Do you ever have guest performers?
Sometimes we have guests who perform in an ensemble with Members. At the discretion of our Program Chair, guests are very occasionally invited to perform as soloists.
Do you pay your performers?
No. We are a volunteer, non-profit organization.
What would be expected of me as a performing member?
You would be expected to perform at least once a year, to attend our monthly concerts as you are able, and, if possible, to attend our three annual business meetings.
Who plans the programs?
Our Program Chair, in consultation with our Executive Board, plans the programs.