Rossini Club Event Calendar
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
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).