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Abbie Betinis

ABBIE BETINIS is a composer whose music has been called "superb... whirling, soaring", and "audacious... edgy... thrilling" (Minneapolis Star Tribune). A McKnight Artist Fellow, her music unfolds with a dramatic, melodic impulse, often inspired by language, patterns, and play.

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Minnesota Public Radio premieres new carol: Touch Hands: A Table Grace
posted: Dec 2017
Here's the newest Burt Family Carol! As many of you know, my mom's family has a long tradition of sending an original carol as a Christmas card. This year I found a lovely prose poem by 19th c. conservationist WHH Murray, and set it as a partner song & double canon with the grace "For Health and Strength and Daily Bread." Listen to the radio premiere (sung by my 'spirited' sister Laura and The MPR Carolers) and my interview with Classical MPR host John Birge all right here!

Justice Choir featured in Chorus America!
posted: Sept 2017
Chorus America writes: "Abbie Betinis and Andrea Ramsey were in different parts of the country, but asking themselves the same question: As protests and demonstrations surrounding social justice issues were springing up around the U.S. within the last year, why weren’t more people singing at these events? As composers, the two also shared an additional question: What role do I have to play here as an artist?" [Read the whole article here]

Minnesota Public Radio premieres new carol: Sing Him to Sleep
posted: Dec 2016
The 2016 Burt Family Carol was premiered on Minnesota Public Radio just in time for Christmas. This year I penned original lyrics to create Sing Him to Sleep, what I'm calling an "alternative lullaby." Hear the radio premiere (sung by my fiesty sister Laura and The MPR Carolers) and my MPR interview all right here.


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