Rossini Club Event Calendar

Jan
13
Sun
Concert on 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
Concert on 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.

To view the full flyer, click here for the flyer.


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 Martin Perry will perform Schumann’s Six Studies in Canonic Form, Op. 56, transcribed by Claude Debussy for 2 pianos.


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).

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
13
Mon
Scholarship Application Deadline May 13, 2019
May 13 all-day

2019 Portland Rossini Club Scholarship Competitions

The three categories for scholarships include the following:

Instrumental:
The Emily K. Rand (now instrumental) Scholarship Fund was established in 1932 in memory of the Portland Rossini Club’s third president, a vocalist who presided in a distinguished manner for 25 years.

Piano:
The Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship was established in 2001 as a bequest of a Member in good standing for 55 years.

Vocal:
The Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship was created in memory of the club’s longtime treasurer, vocalist Barbara C. Littlefield.
 

Rules

These scholarship competitions are open to all residents of the State of Maine.

Applicants must be older than 17 and be registered as music majors in the Fall of 2019 at any accredited music school, college, or university.

Previous first place winners of the scholarships may not apply.

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

The total performance should be at least ten minutes and is not to exceed fifteen minutes.
Applicants must provide their own accompanists.

Vocalists must perform entirely from memory; Pianists and Instrumentalists must perform at least one selection from memory.

One published edition of the music must be provided for the panel of judges.

Schedule

The competition for all categories will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Woodford’s Congregational Church, 200 Woodfords Street, Portland, Maine.

The complete application packet MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER than Monday, May 13, 2019.

Applicants will be ineligible to compete if application packet is incomplete. Special scheduling requests must be submitted in writing and will be honored if possible. Contestants will be notified of their performance time in late May.

Application Form

The 2019 PRC Scholarship Application form is downloadable here.

More information about the scholarship is located on the About the Scholarship page and on the Description here.