Rossini Club Event Calendar

Jan
26
Sun
Pianists Celebrate the Life of Richard Roberts January 26th @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s January 26th concert

Mark Braun will play piano solos by Bach, Chopin, and Debussy

Mark Rossnagel with Will Bristol* will perform a two piano arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite

Ruth Matt and Leah Neuchiller will perform movements from a two piano arrangement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Scott Eaton and Sydney Patten will play Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor, D940, for piano four hands

*Guest

January 26th Concert Flyer

January 26th Concert Program


Richard Huston Roberts (1933 – 2016)

Richard Roberts was Professor of Music Emeritus at the University of New England and taught at its constituent, Westbrook College, for forty-one years. He received baccalaureate and master’s degrees in piano from the Juilliard School, where his principal teacher was the English pianist, Katherine Bacon.

He presented solo recitals at both campuses of the University of New England, at the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine, and at Bates and Bowdoin Colleges. Other Maine recitals occurred at the Blaine House in Augusta, the Portland Museum of Art, and at the former City Hall Auditorium in Portland. Beyond Maine, he presented recitals at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Marymount College and International House in New York City, and at Boston’s Gardner Museum.

As a collaborative artist he appeared at the former Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, Boston University, Boston’s Gardner Museum, the Portland Museum of Art and at Brandeis University. A former keyboardist and program annotator with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, he appeared in five solo performances with them as well as twice with the former Gorham Chamber Orchestra of USM, where he was a visiting instructor for ten years.

Roberts taught at the former Westbrook College’s Elderhostel program for twelve years, creating such courses as The Social History of the Piano, How to Hear the Piano, The Piano as Guide through the Labyrinth of Twentieth Century Music, and Why I Play It This Way: Lectures before Recitals.

He gave lecture-recitals at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute and for the Music Teachers National Association, at the University of Hartford, the University of Lowell, the University of Maine at Orono and in Portland.

His association with the Portland Rossini Club dates back to 1949, when he appeared at a program with his teacher (and Club member), the late Florence Libby. He joined the Club in 2002 and served as its Recording Secretary, Chair of the Candidate Committee, and Chair of the Piano Committee. He appeared at almost all of the Club’s several venues; the former Frye Hall on Spring Street, the YWCA on Spring Street, McAuley Auditorium on Stevens Avenue, Moulton Theater at Westbrook College, at Trinity Episcopal Church, at Woodford’s Congregational Church, and here at St. Luke’s Cathedral.

Several recordings of Richard Roberts at the piano are available for sale on Rossini Club’s website: https://www.rossiniclub.org/donate-purchase/.


The concert takes place Sunday, January 26th, 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).

Feb
16
Sun
Beethoven, Beach, Cassado and Kodaly’s music @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Feb 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s February 16th concert

Our featured performers will be DaPonte String Quartet members Lydia Forbes* and Myles Jordan* performing the second movement of
Kodaly’s Duo for Violin and Cello Op. 7

Violinist Eleanor Lehmann and pianist Jesse Feinberg* will perform Romances by Beethoven and Beach

Mathew Nichols will perform Gaspar Cassado’s Suite for Solo Cello

Torrey Gimpel, soprano and Eric Peppe, piano will perform works by Richard Strauss and Giuseppe Verdi

February 16th Concert Flyer

February 16th Concert Program

*Guest


Guest Bios for February 16 Program

Lydia Forbes (Violin): Lydia’s career has been guided by a singular intention — to delve as deeply as possible into the magic of great chamber music literature, old and new.

Lydia has concertized throughout Europe and the U.K. with Ensemble L’Archibudelli, Zephyr Kwartet, Het Schoenberg Ensemble, Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Het Blazers Ensemble, Osiris Piano Trio, I Fiamminghi, and Ensemble Explorations. During this time, she recorded with some of the world’s most prominent labels; Sony Classical, Harmonia Mundi, CNM, and for Vienna Modern Masters as soloist with the Czech Radio Philharmonic. She has also performed for festivals in Europe, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. Lydia has also served as concertmaster for Het Orkest van het Oosten in the Netherlands.

Lydia was drawn to the DaPonte String Quartet by their love and respect for the work. She lives in Alna, Maine with cellist Myles Jordan and their children.

Myles Jordan (Cello): Myles Jordan worked as a child actor for CBC Television and the National Film Board of Canada before taking up the cello. Inspired by the North American premiere of the second Shostakovich cello concerto and a Casals master class, Myles asked for and received from his father a bright orange Hofner cello as a birthday present. He went on to train at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, the Britten-Pears School of Advanced Musical Studies in England, and at Schloss Weikersheim in Germany. In 1981, he won a Floyd S. Chalmers Foundation Award, which enabled him to study at the Juilliard School, and by 1983 he had earned two degrees there. From New York he moved to Philadelphia, where he served as associate principal cellist of the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra, completed a Doctor of Musical Arts, and founded the DaPonte String Quartet.

Myles uses historical research to inform his musical performances so he can remain as faithful as possible to the composer’s original intentions. His Bach cello suites recording, available worldwide on the Centaur label, is the first to dispense with Pablo Casals’s interpretive model in favor of a conception based strictly on sources close to Bach, such as Johann Mattheson’s 1739 treatise Der vollkommene Capellmeister and written testimonies from Bach’s students. This recording drew a rave review from James Mannheim in the All Music Guide and Laurence Vittes, in Gramophone Magazine, described it as “astonishing.” Vittes lauds Myles’s break from the Casals model, indicating how his approach produces “a completely new spectrum” of interpretation that comes closer to Bach’s original conception than previous recorded performances.

Myles has delivered lectures on early music performance practice at both the University of North Texas Graduate School Early Music Division and the Boston Early Music Festival. He also plays and teaches the Baroque violoncello piccolo.

Jesse Feinberg (piano): Jesse Feinberg is an accomplished and internationally recognized concert pianist and piano teacher. He has performed on stages in Turkù and Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; and most recently in Moscow, Russia. Jesse graduated summa cum laude with his Bachelor’s of Music degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2013, and his Associate’s Degree in the Arts from Holyoke Community College in 1999. Jesse appears on the recently released album: Taylor O’Donnell sings T. Monk Ballads: A Love Letter to Thelonious, and has released multiple volumes of a method to teach improvisation, entitled: Classical Improvisation Templates.


The concert takes place Sunday, February 16th, 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).

 

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

*Guest


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).