Rossini Club Event Calendar

Jun
1
Sat
June 1st Scholarship Competition for 2019 @ Woodford’s Congregational Church
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Rossini Club holds an annual scholarship competition for students who are Maine residents and registered as music majors at any accredited music school, college, or university for the fall semester of the year they are applying for the scholarship.

The Scholarship Competition traditionally takes place the beginning of June at the Woodford’s Congregational Church in Portland, Maine.

Thanks to the continued generosity of our donors, the total prize amount for each category may amount to more than $2,000 (the judges may reserve the right not to award a prize).
 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Students are eligible to apply for a scholarship if they are residents of Maine, are over seventeen years old and are planning further study in an accredited music school, college or university as of the fall of the year when they are applying for the scholarship. Previous first place winners of the scholarships may not apply.
 

WHAT IS EXPECTED AT THE AUDITION?
Applicants will perform selections from at least two contrasting musical periods for at least 10 minutes, but not to exceed 15 minutes.

Vocalists must perform entirely by memory; pianists and instrumentalists must perform at least one selection from memory. Applicants are required to provide an original/published copy of the music to the judges.

Applicants in each competition must perform at least two compositions representing two different periods as follows: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and/or 20th/21st Century.
 

HOW TO APPLY
More information about the scholarship is located on the How to Apply page here.
 

PAST WINNERS
View our past scholarship winners here.
 

Sep
15
Sun
Guest Hidenori Inoue performs in Concert on September 15, 2019 @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Sep 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s September 15th concert

The Public Concert Series of The Portland Rossini Club begins its Fall season on Sunday, September 15. The 149th season launch will feature Japanese bass, Hidenori Inoue*.

Hidenori Inoue*, performing Ella giammai m’amo, from Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi

Pianist Carol Elowe will play Brahms intermezzi

Soprano Mary Johnston Letellier with pianist Kathleen Scott* will perform O Rendetemi from Bellini’s I Puritani

Pianist Jonathan Prak* will play two movements from Beethoven’s Sonata in B Flat Major and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata #3

Eleanor Lehmann, violin, Stephen Schiffman, clarinet, and Sydney Patten, piano will perform three duets by Shostakovich and Oblivion by Astor Piazzola
*Guest


Hidenori Inoue, Bass

Hidenori Inoue is a Bass from Himeji, Japan, known principally for his strong vocal technique and flexibility of repertoire, as well as articulate acting skill. Singing the role of Bonze in Madam Butterfly and Makoto Kobayashi in Jack Perla’s An American Dream, Hidenori made his debut with Virginia Opera and Anchorage Opera in the past season, and performed his first Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Tulsa Opera.

Upcoming performances for the 2019–2020 season include Bonze in Madam Butterfly, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with nation wide opera houses in US including his debut with Opera Omaha followed by the concert series with them.

In a robust 2017–2018 season, Hidenori debuted with Tulsa Opera singing the role of Timur in Turandot and covered the role of Méphistophéles in Faust; he also sang as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Steamboat, Makoto Kobayashi in Perla’s An American Dream (East coast premiere) with Opera Maine, Barone in La Traviata with Opera Maine, Padre Guardiano and Marquis in Verdi’s La forza del destino with the New Amsterdam Opera; and Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with New York City’s ARE Opera.

The 2016–2017 season saw Hidenori as the eponymous hero of Don Pasquale with the Manhattan School of Music, as well as Pistola in Falstaff with the Italian La Musica Lirica, Benoit and Alcindoro in Puccini’s La Bohème with International Vocal Arts Institute, and as Barbemuche in Leoncavallo’s La Bohème.

In 2016, Inoue executed the role of Monstre Cathos in Jacques Ibert’s Persée et Andromède with the Manhattan School of Music. Hailed as “the smoky-voiced bass” by The New York Times and “assertive” by Opera News, this performance was listed in The New York Times as one of the Top 10 Vocal Performances of 2016. The same year, he made his debut as an actor on Netflix Original series “Daredevil” Season 2 with Marvel.

Hidenori Inoue is the finalist of 2018 Jensen Foundation’s competition and Butler Opera International Competition. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music.

Vist Hidenori Inoue’s website

September Concert Flyer


The concert takes place Sunday, September 15th, 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).

Oct
20
Sun
Featured Violinist & Pianist on October 20, 2019 @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s October 20th concert

David BrickmanOur featured performer will be violinist David Brickman* performing Brahms’ Sonata #3 with pianist Diane Walsh

Soprano Maggie Vishneau, accompanied by pianist Lynn Lennox*, will sing songs by Elgar, Quilter, Vaughan Williams, and Richard Rodgers

Diane WalshSydney Patten, pianist, and actress Abbie Dufrene,* will perfom Wouldn’t You Like to be My Friend?? The text was created by Sydney Patten, and the piano music is Rachmaninoff’s Elegie

Stephen Schiffman and Mark Braun will play music for clarinet and piano by British composers Howard Ferguson and William Y. Hurlstone
*Guest

Concert Flyer
Concert Program


The concert takes place Sunday, October 20th, 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).

Nov
17
Sun
Operatic Arias and Duets Concert on November 17, 2019 @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Nov 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s November 17th concert

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Danielle Vayenas

Our featured artist will be soprano Malinda Haslett*, performing operatic arias and duets with soprano Danielle Vayenas and pianist Scott Wheatley*

Eleanor Lehmann, violin, Nan White*, flute and Eric Peppe, piano will play a trio by Jacques Ibert

Harold Stover* will perform two organ selections by Alexandre Guilmant Morgan* and Eric Peppe, violin and piano, will play the first movement of the D minor Violin Concerto by Henryk Wieniawski *Guest

The concert takes place Sunday, November 17th, at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State Street, Portland.

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The concert takes place Sunday, November 17th, 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).