ABBIE BETINIS is a composer whose music has been called "superb
Minnesota Public Radio premieres my newest carol: Little Fir Tree
posted: Dec 2018
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 adapted a poem by J.P. Peabody and set it against a descending bassline to create "Little Fir Tree," a contemporary carol of endurance. Hear the radio premiere (featuring soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw!) and my MPR interview about it all right here!
The Rose Ensemble premieres "O Iam Migra"
posted: Mar 2018
I am delighted to be commissioned by The Rose Ensemble for a new work honoring St. Scholastica, the 6th century Italian nun who founded the women's branch of Benedictine Monasticism (Benedict was her brother). Get a sneak peak of the dress rehearsal and here's a ticket link.
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]
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