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UPDATE August 20, 2021

Live Music Returns to The Cathedral Church of St. Luke

The Public Concert Series of the Portland Rossini Club
Now in its 151st Season
Sunday, September 19 at 3:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Portland Rossini Club Program

  • Cellist, Hugh Judge, will play Prelude, Allemande and Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor (BWV 1011)
  • Soprano Elizabeth Harmon, with guest pianist, Michael Braz, will perform five songs from Mussorgsky’s Nursery
  • Pianist John Thorpe will perform Chopin’s Nocturne in E minor (Op. 72, No. 1) and Revolutionary Etude in C minor (Op. 10, No. 12)

The Cathedral Church of St. Luke
143 State Street, Portland

Suggested donation at the door: $15/$10 seniors (students are admitted free of charge)
For more information: (207)318-7465

Concert attendees will be asked to remain masked during the concert.

September 19th Flyer

September 19th Program

Click here for all Past Performances

UPDATE July 19th, 2021

The Public Concert Series of the Portland Rossini Club
150th Season Concert
Sunday, August 15th, 2021 at 2 p.m.

We are pleased to announce that the Rossini Club, founded by women 150 years ago, can finally celebrate our sesquicentennial (150th) with music, cake, champagne and without masks or social distancing!

  • Violinists, Eleanor Lehmann and Betsy Hooper, violist Susanna Adams, and cellists John Bennett and Kathy Anderson will play the Allegro movement from Franz Schubert’s Quintet in C Major
  • Guests Jennifer Packard and Iona Hagl will perform folk music
  • Maine Blend will sing standards, 50’s pop, and Beatles
  • Soprano Torrey Gimpel will perform Bel Raggio Lusinghier from Semiramide by Gioachino Antonio Rossini

Date: Sunday, August 15th (rain date, August 16th)
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Parking: Beginning at 1 p.m., parking is available in the lot behind Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth. The concert site is a 5 minute walk along Foreside Road to Sydney’s and Bill’s.
Place: 221 Foreside Road, Falmouth, Maine

Tickets: Reservations are recommended and tickets are $15 available online by registering and paying (via PayPal thru the registration form on the Event page) or at the entrance to 221 Foreside Road on the day of the event (please do register so we can count numbers of attendees).

Bring your own chair to sit on the lawn by the ocean (hopefully with ocean breezes). We recommend a hat and/or parasol as well and a bottle of water. There will be piano music on an old player piano by Scott Joplin, a trio and more. After the concert, we will walk back to the Patten’s to celebrate with birthday cake and champagne.

We’ve waited a long time for this moment, but what could be better than live music, an ocean view, cake, champagne and being with people without masks?

August 15th Flyer

August 15th Program

UPDATE April 5th, 2021

The Public Concert Series of the Portland Rossini Club
Celebrating our 150th Season
Sunday, May 16th, 2021 at 3 p.m.

Portland Rossini Club Virtual Program:

Soprano Torrey Gimpel and pianist Eric Peppe will perform songs by Richard Strauss and Giuseppe Verdi

Pianist Diane Walsh will play Claude Debussy’s Images, Book 1

May 16th Flyer

UPDATE March 29, 2021

Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 4 p.m *(please note later time)

Eleanor Lehmann and Michaele Rackliff, violin Susanna Adams, viola, and Mathew Nichols, cello will perform William Grant Still’s Lyric Quartette

Steve Schiffman, clarinet, Seth Blank, horn, and Mark Braun, piano will play Carl Reinecke’s Trio in B flat

April 11th Flyer

April 11th Program

UPDATE March 7, 2021

On Sunday March 21st at 3 p.m. Enjoy the Rossini Club’s virtual concert celebrating popular and folk music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 9.

The Public Concert Series of the Portland Rossini Club
Celebrating our 150th Season
Sunday, March 21st, 2021 at 3 p.m

Enjoy a virtual concert celebrating popular and folk music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 9.

Soprano Danielle Vayenas, baritone David Goulet, and pianist Kathleen Scott perform favorites such as “Danny Boy” and “How Are Things in Glocca Morra” along with Beethoven’s Folksong Arrangements of Scottish, Irish and Welsh Songs:

  • I dream’d I lay where flowers were springing by Robert Burns
  • Sweet power of song by Joanna Baille
  • They bid me slight my Dermot dear by William Smyth

Also, pianist Eric Peppe will perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1

March 21st Flyer

March 21st Program

UPDATE February 21st, 2021

Virtual Program
Elizabeth Harmon, soprano, and James Nga, pianist, will perform four Schubert songs

Nan White, flute; Eleanor Lehmann, violin; Anna Pearlman, violin;
Susanna Adams, viola; and Katherine Anderson, cello, performing A Night Piece for Flute and String Quartet by Arthur Foote

Maggie Vishneau, soprano, and Lynn Lennox, piano, will perform selections by Elgar, Quilter, Vaughan Williams, and Rogers

UPDATE January 11, 2021

The Public Concert Series of the Portland Rossini Club’s150th Season kicks off the year with the Richard Roberts Memorial Piano Concert (held virtually) on Sunday, January 24th, 2021 at 3 p.m.

Carol Eaton Elowe performs Brahms Intermezzi, Op. 76, No. 6 and 7, and Op. 116, No.4; Diane Walsh performs selections from Debussy’s Images, Book I; and Mark Rossnagel performs selections from Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

UPDATE December 23rd, 2020

Happy Holidays

We will see you all in the new year! Hopefully we will be able to have concerts in person, but until then, we will continue to innovate and inspire through music via Zoom. Our next Zoom Concert is January 24th at 3 p.m.

Happy 2021!

UPDATE October 30th, 2020

Join our Rossini Club friends on a virtual visit live from Southern France. The Sunday concert on November 22nd will begin at 3 p.m. EST. The zoomed concert will include:

  • Guided tour of the castle and its grounds
  • Performance by Edmund Bullock of some of his compositions
  • Edmund will speak with the Marquis and Marquise de Palaminy

Update from September 24, 2020

To keep the music playing, safely, this concert will be available via Zoom.

It’s daunting to think that for the past 6 months and for the foreseeable future, live music in public venues has been silenced. During this unprecedented time in our country and our world, we, like other artists and artistic organizations are struggling to figure out how to navigate through these uncharted waters. We all need to figure out how to bring music back to our audiences.

This season, the Rossini Club had planned to begin celebrating the 150th anniversary of this historic club, which was founded by women who held performances in each others’ homes, with concerts honoring this significant event.

Our board is working hard to figure out ways to keep the music going, while keeping our performers and audiences safe! In addition to exploring some virtual performance opportunities, this Summer, we are honoring the Rossini Club’s tradition and returning to our roots with some performances being held outside at members’ homes.

The first garden concert was held on July 29th at 4:30 p.m. at the home of member Ruth Matt in Portland. Attendees heard music by: Rossini, Rachmaninov and Bach. The performers on that day were member musicians Ruth Matt, Leah Neuchiller, Eleanor Lehman and Barbara Graustein. Click here if you would like to see photographs from the concert.

The second Summer concert was in Falmouth at the home of myself, Sydney Patten, on August 26th. Click here if you would like to see photographs from the concert.

A third Garden Concert was at the home of Barbara and Mike Payson on September 13th. We were pleased to see this concert was filled to capacity and everyone enjoying the music so much.

A fourth and final outdoor concert will be at the home of Ruth Matt on October 5th. Click here for concert information.

At each venue, numbers are limited. When you arrive at the concert venue, you will be seated by an usher who will ‘social distance’ you. Masks are required. Thank you.

To get folks in the mood for our 150th gala celebration, there will be a historical reading at each concert involving our club.

In addition to our outdoor Summer concerts, we plan to offer opportunities this Fall and Winter for you to hear our members and guests making music through Zoom, the Rossini Club’s Facebook and YouTube feeds, and more. We’ll be sharing recordings of past performances for you to enjoy and are planning ways to stream some new performances, either prerecorded or in real-time.
Please stay tuned and I look forward to seeing you virtually or LIVE!!

Sydney Patten
Rossini Club President