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).

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).