UPDATE July 2020
Hello. I’m Sydney Patten, the president of the Portland Rossini Club. I am so excited to let you know that, working with our amazing board, we’ve come up with some great ideas to keep the music playing.
Here’s my video statement, or please read below.
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 will be on July 29th at 4:30 p.m. at the home of member Ruth Matt in Portland. We’ll update you soon on the particulars but you will likely hear music by: Rossini, Rachmaninov and Bach. The performers on that day will be member musicians Ruth Matt, Leah Neuchiller, Eleanor Lehman and Barbara Graustein.
The second Summer concert will be in Falmouth and will take place on August 26th at 7 p.m. Featured performers will be: Jonathan Prak pianist, and a trio of member musicians: Eleanor Lehman, Susanna Adams, and John Bennett, playing Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven.
Tickets for both of these events will be RSVP on a first come/first serve basis. More details on tickets and reservations will be sent in an email and shared soon.
At each venue, there is room for 20 people. When you arrive at the concert venue, you will be seated by an usher who will ‘social distance’ you.
Safety measures of course will be taken and you will be updated soon via email on what these protocols will be.
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 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 this Summer either virtually or LIVE!!
Rossini Club President
Update March 2020
Because of the unprecedented situation due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, we sincerely regret to announce that the Rossini Club has decided to cancel the remaining spring concerts, as well as the student scholarship competition.
Like many, we are not sure what the Fall will bring. Please stay tuned to find out some of the creative ways we are devising to bring both live and virtual music to our members and the public.
We encourage music lovers to follow Rossini Club on Facebook, and/or visit this website for any future updates. Best wishes to you all!
Previous Concerts From the 2019 – 2020 Season
March 8th, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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
November 17th, 2019 concert
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)
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
October 20th, 2019 concert
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
September 15th, 2019 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*.
, 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
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.