UPDATE September 24, 2020
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. Concert information.
A fourth and final outdoor concert will be at the home of Ruth Matt on October 5th. Reservations can be obtained for this final concert by contacting emailing Sheila McGarr. 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!!
Rossini Club President