Villa-Lobos’, Schubert, Beethoven and Gershwin Concert on March 17th

153rd Season the next concert is Sunday afternoon, March 17th, 2024 at 3 p.m.

Violist Eleanor Lehmann and pianist Jonathan Prak will play Aria, from Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, as well as Irish Fancy, by Wendy Ireland

Elizabeth Harmon, mezzo-soprano, and pianist James Nga* will perform Schubert’s Suleika I and An die Musik as well as two songs by Leonard Bernstein

Cellist Hugh Judge and pianist James Nga* will perform Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano

Pianists Ruth Matt and Leah Neuchiller will play Gershwin’s Three Preludes for Piano

March 17th Concert Flyer

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Richard Roberts Memorial Concert

Pianist Steven Blumenthal, with clarinetist Stephen Schiffman, will perform Carol by Gerald Finzi, as well as the Brahms Sonata No. 1, in F minor

Pianist Christopher Staknys will perform Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons, with poetry narrated by Audrey Stack, as well as the first movement of Scriabin’s Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor

Pianist Sydney Patten will perform works by Rachmaninoff, Ginastera, Patten, and Joplin


January 21st Concert Amethyst Chamber Ensemble – In a Soprano Hue

Featuring the women of the Amethyst Chamber Ensemble
Mary Sullivan and Molly Harmon, sopranos
Joelle Morris, Jazmin DeRice,
and Jenna Guiggey, mezzo-sopranos
and Randy Day, piano

Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) of Richard Strauss and music of Fauré, Rodrigo, Bernstein, Rosephanye Powell, Steven Finch, and Hildegard von Bingen plus a Dan Sonenberg Portland premiere!

Amethyst Chamber Ensemble presents: “In a Soprano Hue”
A fresh take on the art song recital, In a Soprano Hue offers art song through a new lens. From the rarely performed Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) of Richard Strauss, through music of Rodrigo, Fauré, Bernstein, and living American composers Rosephanye Powell, Dan Sonenberg (Portland premiere), and Steven Finch, we explore art song through the unique vocal colors and artistic gifts of the singers in our ensemble.

The human voice, more than any other instrument, has a wide variety of color, character, depth, and feeling, that is unique to each singer. This is true within the soprano or mezzo soprano instrument, as well as among the individual singers of each type. In this performance, we celebrate the unique gifts of each vocal artist, all together in one afternoon of music.

From “sets” that were not intended by the composer (such as the Four Last Songs), to more traditional sets, we collaborate to illuminate this beautiful material in a new way. Rodrigo’s Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios, and Powell’s Miss Wheatley’s Garden, along with duets and trios, combine and recombine the colors of the human voice to bring new life to the traditional art song recital.

Amethyst Chamber Ensemble celebrates the astonishing depth and versatility of talent among the singers who are here, living and working in Maine. Join us as we share that talent in this gorgeous and fun program:
Mary Sullivan and Molly Harmon, sopranos Joelle Morris, Jazmin DeRice, and Jenna Guiggey, mezzo sopranos
Randy Day, piano


December 31st Concert – Postponed

UPDATE 12/29/23 – Due to an illness, the concert must be postponed. At this time the date has not been chosen for rescheduling. Happy New Year and we shall see you at our January 21st concert.

There will be a special New Year’s Eve afternoon concert hosted by the Portland Rossini Club (PRC) on Sunday afternoon, December 31 at 3 p.m. The location is the Portland Conservatory of Music, 28 Neal Street, Portland as our usual concert venue is unavailable.

The entire concert program will be selections from Rossini opera music.

Our performers are Sable Strout, mezzo soprano, a Maine born and raised opera singer, graduate of USM’s School of Music

Aaren Rivard, tenor, is also a graduate of USM’s School of Music. He was the 2014 first place winner of PRC’s Littlefield vocal scholarship. Both he and Sable are co-founders of Opera in the Pines, an alternative opera company committed to reinventing the opera experience.

Jonathan Prak, piano, is PRC’s current President and a piano student of USM’s Laura Kargul.


November 26th Concert

November 26th Flyer

Mark Braun, pianist, Seth Blank, horn, and Steve Schiffman, clarinet, will perform two movements of Gustav Jenner’s Trio in E-flat for Clarinet, Horn, and Piano

New member, pianist Ryan Slocum and guest violinist, Jenelle Westerbeck will perform two of Ryan Slocum’s original compositions, as well as the F-A-E Sonata by Johannes Brahms

Torrey Gimpel, soprano, will perform selections from musicals by Lionel Bart, Lin Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Frank Wildhorn, Alan Menken, and Andrew Lloyd Webber


Season Opener!

What a wonderful season of music to look forward to.

Guests, John Ross,flute, and Derek Herzer, piano will play C.P.E Bach’s Sonata in A minor, Lili Boulanger’s Nocturne, and Ian Clarke’s The Great Train Race

Clarinetist Stephen Schiffman, violist Eleanor Lehmann, and pianist Ryan Slocum will perform three selections from
Max Bruch’s Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano

Pianists Ruth Matt and Leah Neuchiller will perform two movements from Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor