The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music Announces April Event Schedule

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Upcoming events at the SPCM will feature a Coffee Concert, a Saturday matinee, an adult recital, and the Spring Rhapsody Benefit Concert.

The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music is presenting another exciting month of performances and musical events. The April event schedule will feature the next Coffee Concert, a Saturday matinee and an adult recital.

On Wednesday, April 1, SPCM will host their next Coffee Concert. This month’s concert is titled “Do you believe in fairies?” and will feature Ora Itkin on the piano and Laura Sewell on the cello. Coffee Concerts are free and open to the public. Held on the first Wednesday of every month from November through May, the performance series gives audiences a chance to enjoy high-caliber music and meet and talk with the performers after the show.

The duo will play the following pieces:

  •     Black Swan, H.Villa Lobos
  •     Sonata Op.45 in B flat major, F. Mendelssohn
  •     Scherzo Op.14, Nr.2, Clara Schumann
  •     Valse Triste Op.44, Nr.1, J. Sibelius
  •     Pohadka ( A Tale), L. Janacek
  •     Adagio, Z. Kodaly

Cellist Laura Sewell enjoys an active and varied musical career and has distinguished herself as a highly respected chamber musician. Since 2007, she has been a member of the esteemed Artaria String Quartet. Sewell received her bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Leonard Rose and her master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Alan Harris. She also had the unique opportunity at the age of 17 to study with the legendary cellist, Jacqueline DuPre.

Russian-born pianist Ora Itkin graduated from the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. After emigrating to Israel and graduating from Tel-Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rubin Academy of Music, her performing career blossomed and brought her to places such as Russia, Israel, Belgium, Cyprus, Italy and the Czech Republic, where she was broadcast on live radio, and performed actively. Itkin is an active soloist and chamber musician, and has performed at most concert venues in the Twin Cities—such as The Schubert Club, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, Sundin Music Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Temple Israel, University of Minnesota, and others.

The Coffee Concert will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Summit Avenue University Club, located at 420 Summit Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55102.

SPCM will host a Saturday Matinee performance from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. Saturday Matinees are a chance for SPCM students to perform for each other in a casual, supportive environment. The event will be held in SPCM Room 505.

On Sunday April 12, join SPCM faculty artist Sandy Waterman at the IMAGINATION CORNER at the Minnesota Children's Museum from 10:30 to 11 am. Enjoy beautiful music on both the guitar and ukulele, performed by Sandy Waterman. Sandy is an educator of music, co-director of music for Living Spirit MNC, jazz and classic rock keyboardist and has worked with the SPCM since 2009.

The Spring Adult Recital will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. It will be held in SPCM Room 505.

The 2015 Spring Rhapsody takes place on Saturday, May 2nd, at 2 pm at Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University at 1531 Hewitt Ave, St Paul. Spring Rhapsody is a benefit concert featuring SPCM faculty and students exemplifying the high quality, inspirational musical expression fostered at the SPCM. Featured artists at Spring Rhapsody include Renaissance Band, Gideon Scheeler, Sandy Waterman, Oleg Levin, Ivan Konev, SPCM Panoply Piano Trio, Patty McPherson, Greg Nelson, SPCM Suzuki Strings, Rena Kraut, Natalia Mooiseeva, and more. Free will donations benefit the SPCM's Music for All program.

Join us on Sunday May 3rd for Spring Student Recitals at McNally Smith Auditorium, 19 Exchange Street East in Saint Paul.

The final SPCM Coffee Concert of the 2014-2015 season takes place on Wednesday May 6 at noon. The SPCM Piano Duo features pianists Oleg Levin and Ivan Konev performing varied works at Sundin Hall Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Ave, St Paul.

For more information about the upcoming events at SPCM, visit

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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