The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music Announces December’s Events

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Prepare for the spirit of the holiday season with a musical performances featuring vocals and other instrumentalists.

The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music is ringing in the holiday season with a duo performance that is rich in Hispanic culture. Whether attending to support the musicians or seeking out a great vocalist and guitarist performance, the SPCM has a variety of musical performances to enjoy.

Starting off the holiday month is the SPCM Coffee Concert on Dec. 2 at the University Club. This event will feature Spanish works for voice and guitar. The featured vocalist is mezzo soprano Nerea Berraondo and Eva Beneke will be on guitar.

The program features six pieces, some with multiple movements.

“Sei Cavatine per voce e chitarra” by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)

“Seguidillas” by Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
I.    Si Dices que mis Ojos
II.    Muchacha, y la Verguenza
III.    Mis Descuidados Ojos
IV.    Cesa de Atormentarme
V.    Seguidillas del Requiem Eternam

“Tonadillas” by Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

“Tiento Antiguo” by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)

“En Los Trigales” by Joaquin Rodrigo for solo guitar.

“Villancicos by Joaquin Rodrigo
I.    Pastorcito Santo (Holy Shepard Boy)
II.    Aire y Donaire (Airs and Graces)
III.    Coplillas de Belen (Carols of Bethlehem)

“Four Songs” by Ernesto Cordero (*1946)
I.    Zenobia
II.    La Hija del Viejo Pancho
III.    Cadencia
IV.    El Viaje Definitivo

The rest of December’s events go as follows:
Fall Student Recitals: 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at McNally Smith Auditorium (19 E Exchange St.). Students perform various works.

SPCM at the Minnesota Children’s Museum: 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Minnesota Children’s Museum (10 7th St. W, Saint Paul). Jay Hildebrand will provide an introduction to classical guitar at the. Featuring music from the past 500 years, this insightful, interactive event will be a fun experience for children of all ages!

Holiday Benefit Concert: 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13 at McNally Smith Auditorium (19 E Exchange St.). Gather and celebrate the music-making community in Saint Paul, Minn. Optional donations to benefit the Music4All Program will be accepted at this time.

To start off the new year on the right foot, SPCM will host Framing the Debate: Music inspired by the 2016 Presidential Campaign on Jan. 6. This will feature Chris Olson on guitar, Chris Bates on bass and Jay Epstein on drums at the University Club (St. Paul Athletic Club Hotel 340) at 340 Cedar Ave. in downtown St. Paul.

For more information about SPCM’s musical performances, please visit or call 651-224-2205.

About the company:
The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music is a music education center offering a wide range of musical instruction for all ages, in both individual and group settings. The faculty is of the highest caliber, including artists/teachers with well-established reputations. The Conservatory has systematically developed a music program with demanding, yet age-appropriate expectations, with the ability to effectively teach the youngest of students as well as prepare those seeking to become music majors. They are also able to meet the needs of students who are lifelong learners of music and music appreciation.

Since 1985, the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music has provided high-quality music education to the metropolitan community. Originally under the auspices of The University of St. Thomas, the school became an independent non-profit community music school in June 2001. The facility in downtown Saint Paul provides an exciting venue for the continuing commitment to providing excellence in music for all ages. As an independent organization, they are able to broaden their mission as a music school ensuring that quality music is available to an ever-widening segment of the community.

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