Rossini Club Event Calendar

Mar
17
Sun
St. Patrick’s Day Concert on March 17, 2019 @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s March 17th concert at 3 p.m.


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some beloved Irish favorites, classic jazz standards, and classical music at the Rossini Club’s concert on 3/17, 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church in Portland.

The concert begins with pianist Robert Gans performing Nocturne Op.48 #1 in C minor by Frederic Chopin and his own composition, Event Horizon from A Distant Shore.  

Then, our featured guest performers maineblend*, an a cappella group directed by Rhee Michelle,* will sing jazz standards by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and others.

Cellist Barbara Graustein and pianist Sydney Patten will perform Gabriel Fauré’s Elegie for Cello and Piano and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano.

The concert ends with soprano Danielle Vayenas, and baritone David Goulet, with Kathleen Scott*, pianist, performing music from Ireland, including folksongs arranged by Ludwig van Beethoven, and favorites such as “How are things in Glocca Morra,” from the musical Finian’s Rainbow, “Danny Boy,” and more.
* Guests


maineblend was brought into being by Rhee Michelle in 2002, born out of a love for small ensemble a cappella singing. The group was originally populated by members of the Woodfords Congregational Church Chancel Choir. Membership and repertoire have changed over the years, with the group emerging as one largely devoted to jazz standards from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Since maineblend performs frequently for senior living and care facilities of all kinds, the group’s repertoire now includes pop music from the 50s and 60s. This music resonates with many audience members. maineblend sings annually for the Portland Sea Dogs and awaits being “called up” to the major league, dreaming of singing at Fenway Park! Current membership of the group consists of sopranos Rhee Michelle (founding member, who also directs the group), Leslie Fitzpatrick, and Valerie Nahorney; altos Susanna Adams (founding member), Rebecca Rinaldi, and Karen Birthesel; tenors Pete Sampson (founding member), Bernie Horowitz, and Chuck Spanger; and basses John Philson and Ricardo Cabezas.


The concert takes place Sunday, March 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. Enjoy a brief reception after the concert where you can meet our artists.

Limited parking is available behind the cathedral, as well as limited street parking (typically off of Park Street).

 

Apr
14
Sun
Concert on April 14, 2019 @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Apr 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s April 14th concert with selections from Mozart, Schubert, Debussy, Beethoven

Our featured performers will be pianist Diane Walsh, and oboist and pianist Peggy Pearson* performing selections by Mozart and Schubert

Violinist Eleanor Lehmann, cellist Mathew Nichols, and pianist Scott Eaton will play Debussy’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano

Pianist Cynthia Henriques, will play the first movement, Allegro, from Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, #2

*Guest

The performance program is available here and the flyer here.


The concert takes place Sunday, April 14th, 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. Enjoy a brief reception after the concert where you can meet our artists.

Limited parking is available behind the cathedral, as well as limited street parking (typically off of Park Street).

 

May
19
Sun
Concert on May 19, 2019 @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
May 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s May 19th concert

Our featured performer will be pianist Jonathan Prak* playing works by Beethoven and Chopin.

Maggie Vishneau, soprano and Lynn Lennox,* pianist, will perform songs by Elgar, Quilter, Vaughan Williams and Richard Rodgers.

Robert*, Kim* and Alex Lehmann* will play Beethoven’s Trio for Violin, Viola and Flute.

Scott Eaton will play works by Bach and Shostakovich.

*Guest

The performance flyer is available here. The performance program is available here.


The concert takes place Sunday, May 19th, 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. Enjoy a brief reception after the concert where you can meet our artists.

Limited parking is available behind the cathedral, as well as limited street parking (typically off of Park Street).

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).