Rossini Club’s 2020 concert season

UPDATE – Due to the Corona virus pandemic, we will be cancelling this concert season to practice social distancing and continue to keep everyone safe. We hope to see you another time at one of our concerts in the future. Be safe and healthy Maine.


Previous Concerts From the 2019 to 2020 Season

March 8th concert

Featured performers are internationally known cellist Marcy Rosen*, accompanied by pianist Diane Walsh performing Chopin’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 65

The Iris Ensemble* of the Portland Conservatory of Music will sing, under the direction of director Maria Belva*, selections from their coming April tour of Italy!

Jonathan Prak* on piano will play music by Frédéric Chopin.


February 16th concert

Our featured performers will be DaPonte String Quartet members Lydia Forbes* and Myles Jordan* performing the second movement of Kodaly’s Duo for Violin and Cello Op. 7

Violinist Eleanor Lehmann and pianist Jesse Feinberg* will perform Romances by Beethoven and Beach

Mathew Nichols will perform Gaspar Cassado’s Suite for Solo Cello

Torrey Gimpel, soprano and Eric Peppe, piano will perform works by Richard Strauss and Giuseppe Verdi


January 26th Concert

Mark Braun will play piano solos by Bach, Chopin, and Debussy

Mark Rossnagel with Will Bristol* will perform a two piano arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite

Ruth Matt and Leah Neuchiller will perform movements from a two piano arrangement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Scott Eaton and Sydney Patten will play Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor, D940, for piano four hands

*Guest


November 17th concert

Danielle Vayenas
Danielle Vayenas

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

Program of operatic favorites by Malinda Haslett and Danielle Vayenas, sopranos, and Scott Wheatley, pianist.

  • Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour (Barcarolle), from Act III of Les contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach (Danielle/Malinda).
  • Quando m’en vo’ (Musetta’s Waltz) from Act II of La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini (Malinda)
  • Donde lieta usci from Act III of La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini (Danielle)
  • Sull’aria, from Act III of Le Nozze di Figaro, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Malinda/Danielle)
  • If I were on the stage: Kiss me again, Mlle. Modiste, an operetta by Victor Herbert (Malinda)
Malinda Haslett

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


October 20th concert

Diane Walsh
Diane Walsh

Our 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

Sydney 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


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


About the Rossini Club

The Portland Rossini Club is a group of Maine musicians that presents a monthly concert series of classical music in Portland, Maine. The club also runs a competitive music scholarship program.

Prospective performing members are chosen by audition and include professional performers, music teachers and skilled amateurs. An elected Board of Directors runs the Portland Rossini Club. Many members perform regularly throughout the region. To find out how to join, or for any other questions, visit our contact page.

Also, it’s never a bad time to purchase CDs (or downloadable music files) of longtime former member Richard Roberts playing some of his favorite pieces, by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff, are available for purchase on this website – under the Buy Music tab.