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Sep
9
Sun
September 9, 2018 Concert @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Sep 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s September 9, 2018 featuring Boston-based soprano Katherin Kneisley

Katherin Kneisley is a Boston-based soprano, proficient in both opera and musical theatre repertoire. Most recently, she sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Greater Worcester Opera. Other notable opera and operetta credits include Suzel in L’amico Fritz, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, La Badessa in Suor Angelica, and the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas. Musical theatre credits include Mary Sunshine in Chicago, Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man, and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. She appeared in Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra’s “Night at the Opera” concert, singing selections from La Bohème as Mimì. Ms. Kneisley pursued her graduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa.

Click here for the September 9th program flyer.

The concert takes place Sunday, September 9th, 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). And 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).

Oct
21
Sun
October 21, 2018 @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s October 21st concert

The concert takes place Sunday, October 21, 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). And 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).

Nov
11
Sun
November 11, 2018 @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Nov 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s November 11th, 2018 featuring Odd ‘n’ Ends Barbershop Quartet

This month, our featured guest artist will be the award winning Odds ’n’ Ends barbershop quartet members: Jonas Rimkunas,* tenor; Chris Howard, *lead; Jim Fortin,*bass; Phil Newth, *baritone.

This month, our featured guest artist will be the award winning Odds ’n’ Ends barbershop quartet members: Jonas Rimkunas,* tenor; Chris Howard, *lead; Jim Fortin,*bass; Phil Newth, *baritone.

  • Pianist Diane Walsh will perform music by George Crumb.
  • Soprano Mary Johnson Letellier and pianist Angela Olszta* will present songs by Gounod and Puccini
  • Violinist Eleanor Lehmann and pianist Scott Eaton will perform the Sonatina Op.137, No. 1 by Franz Schubert

The newest quartet to join the Downeasters Barbershop Chorus family, Odds ’n’ Ends has been together for about 2 years. However, even in that short time they have already accomplished some great things. They are the 2017 Granite & Pine Division Champions, earning that title in late April 2017 in Windham, NH. This title, earned by outscoring quartets from all over NH and ME, has been won by other Downeasters quartets in the past as well, and the quartet is excited for what will come from the next part of their journey, where they will join Exchange Street Quartet and Port City Sound in Manchester, CT to compete with the best quartets in New England.


Click here for the November 11th program flyer.

Check out the group on on their Facebook page.

The concert takes place Sunday, November 11th, at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State Street, Portland. Meet our performers at a reception which follows the concert.

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).

Jan
13
Sun
January 13, 2019 @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Jan 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s January 13th concert

To read the full program, click here for January 13th program.

Pianist and composer Christopher Staknys is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Hung-Kuan Chen. He has appeared as performer and composer internationally in major cities such as New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Paris. In 2015, Allan Kozinn, former music critic for the New York Times, praised his playing for its “dexterity and dramatic phrase shaping”. Christopher has won numerous competitions including first prize in the Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition and the Rivers School Concerto Competition. Artists he has studied with include; Sergei Babayan, Robert Levin, Peter Serkin, David Finckel, Joseph Kalichstein and Fred Sherry.

His orchestral composition “Congo” was premiered and given two performances by the Portland Symphony Orchestra. He has performed the music of Thomas Ades and Steve Reich with the composers present in the audience. Christopher frequently performs with Juilliard’s contemporary ensembles, Axiom and NJE (New Juilliard Ensemble) in Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Alice Tully Hall. His work for electronics, “Gulf” was presented at the 2017 Atlantic Music Festival.

This past summer he spent 6 weeks teaching piano to Middle School and High School students and accompanying at The Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska.


The concert takes place Sunday, January 13th, 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). And 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).

Feb
24
Sun
February 24, 2019 @ Cathedral of St. Luke’s
Feb 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rossini Club’s February 24th concert

To read the full program, click here for February 24th program.


Today’s Performers will perform an array of music from Beethoven, Chopin, Bach, and Schumann. Including songs by Benjamin Britten, Gilbert and Sullivan, and John Duke.

Eric Peppe will perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in E, Op. 14, No. 1

Pianist Derek Herzer will play Chopin’s Ballade No. 4, Op. 52

Violinist Morgan Peppe, with pianist Eric Peppe, will perform two violin selections by Kreisler

Mark Rossnagel, pianist, will play selections from Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Scott Eaton and Mark Braun will perform Schumann’s Six Studies in Canonic Form, Op. 56, transcribed by Claude Debussy for 2 pianos

Mark Braun, piano: Mark grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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, has performed solo, four-hand and eight-hand compositions, and chamber music, including works for horn and piano, trios for piano, horn, and violin, as well as works for voice and piano. He likes to write his own program notes, finding that the process helps him to better understand and interpret the musical works he’s performing. He serves on the Board of the Portland Conservatory of Music. In his professional life, he is an internist and geriatrician in solo practice in Scarborough.


The concert takes place Sunday, February 24th, 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).