Rossini Club Event Calendar

October 25th Concert via Zoom @ Zoom Concert
Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Public Concert Series of the Portland Rossini Club

150th Season Concert
Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Portland Rossini Club Virtual Program

Selections from the Iris Ensemble’s* performance, which took place on March 8, 2020

Pianist Jonathan Perdey Prak will perform a piano selection by Franz Liszt

John Bennett* will play two movements from Bach’s Cello Suite Number Three

October 25th Flyer

October 25th Program

*Guest Performers

John Bennett, cello: Formerly from the San Francisco Bay area of California, John Bennett and his wife relocated to Portland, Maine in 2018. He attended San Francisco State University and California State College, East Bay, and his cello teachers included Margaret Rowell, Irene Sharp, and Lazlo Varga, and studies with Burton Kaplan at his Magic Mountain practice retreats. For many years John taught students of all levels and ages in his private studio, and led workshops and cello ensembles. For 20 years he was the adjunct cello instructor at Pacific Union College and the Paulin Center for the Creative Arts in Angwin, California, where he taught lessons, coached chamber music, and conducted a youth orchestra. At the present John, is teaching at the Portland Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching, he was a tenured member of the Vallejo and Napa Valley Symphonies, freelanced as much as possible, and performed in chamber music and duo recitals. John’s greatest loves have always been helping and guiding students of all ages and levels achieve their musical goals, and playing chamber music.

Iris Ensemble, which is part of Portland Conservatory’s Girl Singers of Maine, usually meets for one and one-half hours on Monday evenings throughout the school year and is accompanied by David Vernier. These singers must be self-motivated, responsible individuals with a desire to grow and develop as musicians. Their repertoire comes from the finest written for women’s voices and includes sacred and secular; medieval to modern; classical, folk, gospel, and non-traditional modern tunes. Members of Iris Ensemble are very active in school and community events, including sports, theater, and various musical organizations, and devote time to community service. The Iris Ensemble was preparing to travel in April of this year.

To keep the music playing, safely, this concert will be available via Zoom.

Advanced Registration is required, please use the form below. You will than receive Zoom instructions on October 24th for the next days concert.

Portland Rossini Club, Marston-Kotzschmar Club members and students are free.
For the general public, there is a donation of $10 per person.


Rossini Club looks forward to enjoying some music with you at our Zoom Concert in our 150th concert season.