February 19, 2023 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Cathedral Church of St. Luke
143 State Street

The Public Concert Series of the Portland Rossini Club in its 152nd Season

Sunday, February 19th, 2023 at 3 p.m.

Pianist Sydney Patton will play two Brahms Intermezzos as well as a Brahms Rhapsody

Seth Blank, on French Horn, assisted by pianist Mark Braun, will perform works by Franz Strauss and Paul Harris

Our guest artist will be pianist, Brian Liu, winner of Rossini Club’s 2022 Lucia Wright Scholarship. He will perform works by Scriabin and Kapustin.

February 19th Flyer

Location of Concerts:

The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State Street, Portland, Maine

Suggested donation $15/$10 seniors (students are admitted free of charge)
For more information: 207-318-7465

Performing Members And Guest

Seth Blank, horn: Seth has played horn since elementary school in New York. He participated
in a wide variety of symphonic, opera, chamber and solo work while attending Boston University
for both undergraduate and Medical School. Since settling in Maine in 1992, he has played with
the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, the Maine State Ballet Orchestra and the Centennial
Brass Band and substitutes in the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra. Seth is a physician in the
Portland area and has been a member of Rossini Club since 2004.

Mark Braun, piano: Mark grew up in Minneapolis, MN, moved to Chicago at age 28 and
arrived here in Maine on the winds of the blizzard of ’96. He has been an active member of both
the Marston-Kotzschmar Club and the Portland Rossini Club since 1996. In past years, he has
played a variety of music, including solo, four-hand and eight-hand piano compositions, and
chamber music, including works for French horn and piano, clarinet and piano, trios for piano,
French horn, and violin or clarinet, as well as works for voice and piano. He writes his own
program notes, finding that the process helps him to better understand and interpret the musical
works he’s performing. He served on the Board of the Portland Conservatory of Music. In his
professional life, he is an internist and geriatrician in solo practice in Scarborough.

Brian Liu, Piano: Originally from Southern California, Brian has won top prizes in regional,
state, and national competitions such as US Open Music Competition, MTAC Panel Honors and
Masterclass, and SYMF. He has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Henry Kramer
and Marina Goshkieva, and taken dual-enrollment classes with Saddleback College in California
to advance music studies. He formerly studied with USC faculty Dr. Gliadkovsky and Shanghai
Conservatory alum Claudia Xi, and is currently studying with George Lopez at Bowdoin
College. He is the first prize winner of the Rossini Club’s 2022 Lucia Wright scholarship.
Having a passion for classical music, Brian loves performing and sharing music to audiences and
hopes to continue music as a way to connect with people. He is privately working on FractMuse,
a lifelong project utilizing AI/algorithms to generate compositions from musical motifs and
patterns. He is studying piano and computer science at Bowdoin College.

Sydney Patten, piano: Sydney began studying piano at the age of six to please her mother. She
very quickly fell in love with the instrument and with classical music. At Skidmore College, she
minored in music with a concentration in piano performance. She began to compose music
secretly never sharing any of her compositions until she had graduated from college. While
living on the North Shore of Massachusetts, she began composing music inspired by birds at
Crane’s Beach. During that time, she served as the Vice President of the American Women

Her greatest inspirations for composition continue to be wildlife and sea creatures in Maine and
especially on Mount Desert Island. Some of her favorite subjects have been piping plovers,
eagles, seaweed, jellyfish and great white sharks. She continues to study classical piano music
which also influences her work. Sydney lives with her husband, Bill Patten and their dog,
Patapouf in Falmouth Foreside, Maine. Other interests include skiing, gardening, and anything
to do with France. She has been associated with the Royaumont Abbey for many years where
she now organizes master classes in a variety of disciplines. She is past President of Rossini