Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor, a Purchase College graduate, whose latest album is the critically-acclaimed Begin to Hope, returns to campus to headline a concert to benefit the Conservatory of Music, March 28 at 8 PM at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. Chris Barron, the former lead singer of the Spin Doctors, will open the concert with the Time Bandits. Tickets are $34 and $22 and can be ordered by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or by visiting www.artscenter.org.
Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.
Begin to Hope is Spektor’s fourth album, but her first produced by a major label, Sire. She recorded and produced her first two CDs 11:11 and Songs with friends. Her next album, Soviet Kitsch, would become her calling card. Originally released as a CDR and handed out at shows, Spektor signed with Sire Records who re-released it in 2003.
Spektor emigrated to the United States from Russia with her parents when she was nine, settling in the Bronx. After high school, she studied studio composition at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Following her graduation she began hypnotizing small crowds at hole-in-the-wall venues on New York’s Lower East Side with her original songs. She later opened for the Strokes and now headlines her own shows for sold-out audiences.
On Begin to Hope, she took the lyrical vignettes and sparse instrumentation she crafted for Soviet Kitsch and pushed herself more in every direction—both lyrically and musically. Spektor isn’t able to pinpoint the exact inspiration behind her musical musings. “You don’t ever know the true lineage of your songs,” reveals Spektor. “Maybe I’m becoming less of a narrator and more of a character these days. I was always used to observing and writing third-person narrative stories about things I was seeing. Then, as time went on, I started placing myself in these scenes, more like an actor.”
Begin to Hope is currently number 20 on the Billboard 200 list, and was on Amazon.com’s Best of 2006 list and featured in New York magazine’s “The Year in Pop” list.
Chris Barron and the Spin Doctors received a Grammy nomination for their first album Pocketful of Kryptonite, which sold over eight million copies and spawned two top five hits. They recorded six albums, were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and at “Woodstock II,” and opened for the Rolling Stones. Barron continued his career as a singer, guitarist and songwriter and has a solo CD Pancho and the Kid ready for release. He has been playing live with New York City notables Time Bandits featuring Tim Givens on upright bass, Phil Cimino on drums, Jon Loyd on keyboards and Lance Doss on lap steel and mandolin.
Each year the Conservatory of Music at the Purchase College School of the Arts auditions and enrolls a select group of ambitious individuals who commit themselves to rigorous training in a forward-looking conservatory environment. On an intimate campus just 45 minutes north of New York City, Conservatory of Music students receive an education of unparalleled quality, focused on guiding students toward musical mastery and launching them on rewarding professional careers.
The event is presented by Red Lotus Productions, a not-for-profit organization that produces educational events through the arts to enlighten the public about the importance of the arts.