Rossini Club Event Calendar
The Public Concert Series of the Portland Rossini Club in its 150th Season
Sunday, November 28th, 2021 at 3 p.m.
Portland Rossini Club Program
Violinist Mia Bella D’Augelli* and pianist Eric Peppe will perform Cowell’s Sonata for Violin and Piano
Pianist Sydney Patten and Steve Schiffman on the clarinet will play Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
Mark Braun and Scott Eaton will perform Mozart’s Sonata for two pianos in D, K. 448
The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State Street, Portland, Maine
Suggested donation $15/$10 seniors (students are admitted free of charge)
For more information: 207-318-7465
Proof of vaccination will be required at the door.
Masks must be worn inside the Cathedral.
Eric Peppe, piano: Eric Peppe has Master’s degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the University of Southern Maine, where he studied with Laura Kargul. He has performed solo piano throughout Maine, at Jordan Hall in Boston, and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.. He has studied privately with Jeffrey Kahane, Robert Glover,and Boaz Sharon. He has been music director for productions at Portland Players, Portland Lyric Theater, City Theater, Waynflete School, Scarborough High School, and elsewhere. A recording engineer, he has recorded CDs for The Portland String Quartet, The Gorham Community Chorus, Musica de Filia, The Boy Singers of Maine, and more. He produces and often accompanies student audition recordings. He lives in Buxton with his family and works as a piano tuner-technician.
Sydney Patten, piano: Sydney began studying piano at the age of 6 to please her mother. She very quickly fell in love with the instrument and with classical music…At Skidmore College, she minored in music with a concentration in piano performance. She began to compose music secretly never sharing any of her compositions until she had graduated from college. While living on the North Shore of Massachusetts, she began composing music inspired by birds at Crane’s Beach. During that time, she served as the Vice President of the American Women Composers. Her greatest inspirations for composition continue to be wildlife and sea creatures in Maine and especially on Mount Desert Island. Some of her favorite subjects have been piping plovers, eagles, seaweed, jellyfish and great white sharks. She continues to study classical piano music which also influences her work. Sydney lives with her husband, Bill Patten and their dog, Patapouf in Falmouth Foreside, Maine. Other interests include skiing, gardening, anything to do with France (from whence she recently moved). She has been associated with the Royaumont Abbey for many years where she now organizes master classes in a variety of disciplines. She is currently the president of the Portland Rossini Club.
Stephen Schiffman, clarinet: Prior to moving to Portland, Stephen Schiffman, emeritus faculty member at Babson College and the F.W. Olin College of Engineering, lived in Boston for 30 years and played with various ensembles and chamber music groups there. He has been playing the clarinet for over 55 years and his teachers have included Sherman Friedland, Julie Vaverka and Thomas Hill. Also a member of the MarstonKotzschmar Club, he joined the Portland Rossini Club in 2015.
Mark Braun, piano: Mark grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, moved to Chicago at age 28 and arrived here in Maine on the winds of the blizzard of ’96. He has been an active member of both the Marston-Kotzschmar Club and the Portland Rossini Club since 1996. In past years, he has played a variety of music, has performed solo, four-hand and eighthand compositions, and chamber music, including works for French horn and piano, trios for piano, French horn, and violin, as well as works for voice and piano. He likes to write his own program notes, finding that the process helps him to better understand and interpret the musical works he’s performing. He serves on the Board of the Portland Conservatory of Music. In his professional life, he is an internist and geriatrician in solo practice in Scarborough.
Scott Eaton, piano: Scott, who comes from Kennebunk, started studying piano with Kim Karchenese of Cape Neddick, at age 5, and continued through high school, where he accompanied the choruses and musicals. While studying electrical engineering at Northeastern University he became more interested in classical music and started taking lessons with Valentina Lass through New England Conservatory’s Continuing Education program. He now lives in Portland, and is a student of Martin Perry in Brunswick. He joined the Portland Rossini Club in 2016.