Rossini Club Event Calendar

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 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.

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).