Rossini Club Event Calendar

Mar
8
Sun
Guests the Iris Ensemble in Concert on March 8, 2020 @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s March 8th concert

Featured performers are internationally known cellist Marcy Rosen*, accompanied by pianist Diane Walsh performing Chopin’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 65

The Iris Ensemble* of the Portland Conservatory of Music will sing, under the direction of director Maria Belva*, selections from their coming April tour of Italy!

Jonathan Prak* on piano will play music by Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt.

March 8th Flyer

March 8th Program

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Guest Bios for March 8th Program

Marcy Rosen, cellist, has performed in recital and with orchestra throughout Canada, England, France, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and all fifty of the United States.. She made her concerto debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of eighteen and has since appeared with such noted orchestras as the Dallas Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, and the Tokyo Symphony at the famed Orchard Hall in Tokyo. She was a founding member of the Mendelssohn Quartet, which toured internationally for 31 years, and she is a founding member of the quintet La Fenice (oboe, string trio and piano) which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. Since 1986 she has been Artistic Director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in Maryland, and as a long time participant at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont she has taken part in twenty-one of their “Musicians from Marlboro” tours. In recent seasons she has given Master Classes and appeared on stage in Beijing and Shanghai in China, the Seoul Arts Center in Korea and in Cartagena, Colombia. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Ms. Rosen is currently Professor of Cello at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and on the Faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Her performances can be heard on recordings from the BIS, Bridge, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, CBS Masterworks, Musical Heritage Society, Phillips, Nonesuch, Pro Arte, and Koch labels.

The award-winning Steinway artist Diane Walsh has given solo and chamber music concerts in major venues in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Russia, China and New Zealand. Diane has appeared with the San Francisco, Indianapolis, Austin, Rochester, American, Delaware, Springfield and New Bedford symphonies, Orpheus and St. Luke’s chamber orchestras, and the Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Berlin radio symphonies. She was soloist with the Portland Symphony in 2017 and 2019, and was a guest artist at the Portland Chamber Music Festival in 2017 and 2018. She led the Skaneateles (N.Y.) Festival as Artistic Director from 1999 to 2004.

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Iris Ensemble perform March 8th

Ms. Walsh has performed Beethoven’s Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli well over 200 times in the Broadway production of 33 Variations, a play by Moisés Kaufman starring Jane Fonda, and in three other productions in Washington, La Jolla and Los Angeles. A frequent chamber music partner, she is a member of the La Fenice quintet and the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio, and has appeared at many summer festivals, including Bard, Marlboro, Chesapeake and Santa Fe. She has released eighteen recordings of repertoire ranging from Bach to Corigliano. Ms. Walsh was an Associate Professor at Mannes College of Music in New York City for 32 years, and in 2015 was a Visiting Artist at Colby College. She lives in Scarborough with her husband, the writer Richard Pollak.

The Iris Ensemble is the oldest group (grades 9-12), which is part of the Girl Singers of Maine. It is sponsored by the Portland Conservatory of Music and is under the direction of Maria Belva.
Portland Conservatory of Music website


The concert takes place Sunday, March 8th, at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State Street, Portland.

Suggested donation $10/5 seniors (students are admitted free of charge).

Enjoy a brief reception after the concert where you can meet our performers.

There are no tickets for the performances. Admission is at the door with a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Performances are free to students.

Limited parking is available behind the cathedral, as well as limited street parking (typically off of Park Street).

Apr
19
Sun
Cancelled April 19, 2020 Concert @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Apr 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s April 19th concert – Cancelled

UPDATE – Due to the Corona virus pandemic, we will be cancelling this concert to practice social distancing and continue to keep everyone safe. We hope to see you another time at one of our concerts in the future. Be safe and healthy Maine.


Previous schedule for this concert:

Our featured artist will be pianist April Masse,* who will perform Ballade, Op. 6 by Amy Beach

Royal River Chamber Players** will play Johann Christian Bach’s Quintet in F major, Op. 11 as well as two selections by Gabriel Pierné

Mark Rossnagel, pianist, will perform a selection of Rachmaninoff preludes

Soprano Shaunna Lucas, accompanied by Eric Peppe, will perform Adelaide’s Aria from The Enchanted Pig by Jonathan Dove and selections by Puccini and Verdi

*Guest

**Royal River Chamber Players: Nan White,* flute; Meg Lewis,* viola; Hugh Maynard,* oboe; Ginny Stelk, cello; Tony DeBruyn,* clarinet

April 19th Flyer


Guest Bios for April 19th Program

Royal River Community Players is a non-profit community theater located in Yarmouth, Maine. We were founded in the Fall of 2016 by a group of like-minded theater enthusiasts who decided it was time to have a performance group that wasn’t “just for kids” nor “just for adults”. Our goal is to produce plays and musicals that the whole family can participate in, watch, and enjoy. Royal River Chamber Players Website


The concert takes place Sunday, April 19th, at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State Street, Portland.

Suggested donation $10/5 seniors (students are admitted free of charge).

Enjoy a brief reception after the concert where you can meet our performers.

There are no tickets for the performances. Admission is at the door with a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Performances are free to students.

Limited parking is available behind the cathedral, as well as limited street parking (typically off of Park Street).

May
17
Sun
Cancelled May 17, 2020 Concert @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
May 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s May 17th concert – Cancelled

UPDATE – Due to the Corona virus pandemic, we will be cancelling this concert to practice social distancing and continue to keep everyone safe. We hope to see you another time at one of our concerts in the future. Be safe and healthy Maine.


Concert details still to come on performer’s, music and further details.

The concerts take place at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State Street, Portland.

Suggested donation $10/5 seniors (students are admitted free of charge).

Enjoy a brief reception after the concert where you can meet our performers.

There are no tickets for the performances. Admission is at the door with a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Performances are free to students.

Limited parking is available behind the cathedral, as well as limited street parking (typically off of Park Street).

Oct
25
Sun
150th Season Concert on October 25th @ Zoom Concert
Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Public Concert Series of the Portland Rossini Club

150th Season Concert
Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at 3 p.m.


Portland Rossini Club Virtual Program

Selections from the Iris Ensemble’s* performance, which took place on March 8, 2020

Pianist Jonathan Perdey Prak will perform a piano selection by Franz Liszt

John Bennett* will play two movements from Bach’s Cello Suite Number Three

October 25th Flyer

October 25th Program

*Guest Performers

John Bennett, cello: Formerly from the San Francisco Bay area of California, John Bennett and his wife relocated to Portland, Maine in 2018. He attended San Francisco State University and California State College, East Bay, and his cello teachers included Margaret Rowell, Irene Sharp, and Lazlo Varga, and studies with Burton Kaplan at his Magic Mountain practice retreats. For many years John taught students of all levels and ages in his private studio, and led workshops and cello ensembles. For 20 years he was the adjunct cello instructor at Pacific Union College and the Paulin Center for the Creative Arts in Angwin, California, where he taught lessons, coached chamber music, and conducted a youth orchestra. At the present John, is teaching at the Portland Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching, he was a tenured member of the Vallejo and Napa Valley Symphonies, freelanced as much as possible, and performed in chamber music and duo recitals. John’s greatest loves have always been helping and guiding students of all ages and levels achieve their musical goals, and playing chamber music.

Iris Ensemble, which is part of Portland Conservatory’s Girl Singers of Maine, usually meets for one and one-half hours on Monday evenings throughout the school year and is accompanied by David Vernier. These singers must be self-motivated, responsible individuals with a desire to grow and develop as musicians. Their repertoire comes from the finest written for women’s voices and includes sacred and secular; medieval to modern; classical, folk, gospel, and non-traditional modern tunes. Members of Iris Ensemble are very active in school and community events, including sports, theater, and various musical organizations, and devote time to community service. The Iris Ensemble was preparing to travel in April of this year.


To keep the music playing, safely, this concert will be available via Zoom.

Advanced Registration is required, please use the form below. You will than receive Zoom instructions on October 24th for the next days concert.

Portland Rossini Club, Marston-Kotzschmar Club members and students are free.
For the general public, there is a donation of $10 per person.

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Rossini Club looks forward to enjoying some music with you at our Zoom Concert in our 150th concert season.