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May 26th Concert at 3 p.m.

May 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Public Concert Series of the Portland Rossini Club in its 153rd Season

The last concert of the season will be Sunday, May 26th, 2024 at 3 p.m.

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Organist Ryan Slocum will play Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata in B flat and Bach’s Fugue in G Major

Soprano Torrey Gimpel and tenor Bradley Krueger, with pianist Ryan Slocum will perform songs by Gaetano Donizetti, David Foster, and Stephen Sondheim

Pianists Michael Bostock and Derek Herzer will play the Shostakovich Piano Concerto #2

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Michael Bostock, piano:
Michael Bostock is a senior at Waynflete School in Portland. He currently studies classical piano under Naydene Bowder at the Portland Conservatory of Music, and has been playing piano since 2012. Michael is the full time pianist for Raymond Village Community Church in Performer Michael BostockRaymond, Maine and the First Congregational Church in Gray, Maine. He also plays piano at St Pius church in Portland. He has been the pianist for the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) for the last 2 years, has played in the Portland Conservatory of Music’s Noonday Concert Series and performs at the Marston-Kotzschmar and Rossini music clubs. Michael was a First Place winner of the 2023 Pine Tree Music Competition – Senior Piano Division. In February 2024, Michael won First Place in Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s 43rd Annual Maine High School Concerto Competition, and was the featured soloist with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in the Young People’s Concerts May 13, playing the first movement of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102. He was also a winner in the Osher School of Music Concerto Competition in February. Michael was accepted at and will be attending the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England in September.

Torrey Gimpel, soprano:
Torrey grew up in Maine and has a Bachelor’s degree from Carroll University in Vocal Performance and Philosophy of Religion, Master’s degree from Westminster Choir College with an emphasis in Vocal Pedagogy, and a Master’s degree in Music Therapy and Counseling from Drexel University. She has had the privilege, through the Symphonic Choir, to have performed under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, Franz Welser-Möst, and Neeme Järvi. In the Philadelphia area, she worked as a board-certified music therapist, maintained a private voice studio, and performed as a guest soloist for various churches and choirs until the fall of 2017 when she moved back to Maine. She currently maintains a small private practice as a board-certified music therapist in the Lewiston/Auburn area and works full time as a Conditionally Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor while pursuing performance opportunities. Torrey has had the opportunity to be a guest soloist throughout central Maine at various churches, has sung as a soloist for the Maine Music Society performance of Judas Maccabeus, and performed with Opera Maine as a member of the chorus for the production of The Flying Dutchman in summer of 2022 under the direction of Maestro Israel Gursky. She joined Portland Rossini Club in 2018 and currently serves as Secretary of the Executive Board.

Derek Herzer, piano:
Derek Herzer began playing the piano at age 17, teaching himself the instrument until obtaining a Piano Performance degree from Western Michigan University School of Music, as well as a Master’s in Piano Performance from the University of Southern Maine. He has performed with the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, has been both a finalist and a winner of several competitions, and has spent years as part of the piano faculty at schools such as Bay Chamber Music School, the Portland Conservatory of Music, and Crescendo Academy of Music. Derek is now enjoying a career in information technology while championing lesser-known piano repertoire as an occasional performing artist. His life
in the Freeport countryside is spent with his wife, their greyhound, and the music of Medtner, Bowen, Enescu, and Godowsky.

Ryan Slocum, piano:
Ryan began studying piano with Ashley Tardif when he was 12, and soon began playing at his home church. He began playing regularly for church services when he was 14 at the Poland Community Church. When he was a senior at Pine Tree Academy in Freeport, he began studying organ with Doris Krueger. Ryan is a senior at the University of Southern Maine, where he is working toward a Bachelor Degree in Organ Performance, studying organ with Justin Murphy-Mancini. Ryan participated in the 2021 Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship competition, where he was one of the recipients of the scholarship. During the summer of 2021, he performed multiple times with Mark Thallander, former organist of Crystal Cathedral, for concerts and church services. He was one of six organists featured on the organ program Pipedreams Live. He is currently the organist at several area churches. In his free time, Ryan likes to arrange/compose music, play chess, and learn how to do new things.

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Live Music Location of Concerts:

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

General Admission $15
Seniors $10
Associate Members, Subscribers and Students free of charge

For more information: 207-318-7465

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May 26
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


The Cathedral Church of St. Luke
143 State Street
Portland, ME 04101
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