Courtroom Concert Program Details

Abbie Betinis, composer
Peter Middlecamp, tenor; Jake Endres, baritone
Ruth Palmer, piano; Erik Barsness, snare drum
Thursday, March 27, noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center

abbie_betinis-headshot2Composer-in-residence with The Schubert Club since 2005, Abbie Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb… whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe).  With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, The Dale Warland Singers, New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie has received grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Music Educators Association, and was listed in NPR Music’s 100 Composers Under 40.  Her music is published by G. Schirmer and Graphite Publishing, among others. A strong proponent of small business and cooperative models, she is President of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative and runs her own business, Abbie Betinis Music Co. LLC, which publishes and distributes her music internationally.  Abbie graduated from St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota, and studied harmony and counterpoint at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France. As well as her residencies with The Schubert Club and The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists, she isadjunct professor of music composition at Concordia University-St. Paul. 

Peter MiddlecampPeter Middlecamp is an alumnus of Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  Recent work includes Baby Case, Lombardi, and The Incredible Season of Ronnie Rabinovitz at History Theatre, Guys and Dolls and Forever Plaid with Rooftop Theater, Come Hell and High Water with The Moving Company. In June, he will appear in Skylark Opera’s production of Candide.



Jake Endres 2009 color copyJake Endres lives in St. Paul and freelances as an actor, singer, music director, composer, director and producer.  He has appeared with many regional organizations, including The Minnesota Orchestra (Mozart’s The Magic Flute; Bernstein’s Mass; Puccini’s Tosca), The Flying Foot Forum/Guthrie Theater (Heaven), The Children’s Theatre Company (The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins), History Theatre (Baby Case, Coco’s Diary and The St. Paul Gangster Musical), G.R.E.A.T. Theatre (Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof), Ten Thousand Things (The Music Man), Skylark Opera (including On the Town and The Merry Widow), Park Square Theatre (Oliver Twist and Oh, Coward!), Paul Bunyan Playhouse (including Georg in She Loves Me and music directing The Who’s TOMMY), Sapphire Chamber Consort (The Soldier’s Tale), and Frank Theatre (Puntila and Mother Courage).  Upcoming: music directing and playing the Queen of Hearts for The Flying Foot Forum’s production of Alice in Wonderland.

Ruth PalmerRuth Palmer has a distinguished career as an ensemble pianist, vocal coach and choral conductor. Her focus on art song recital saw her playing at halls such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, National Gallery of Art along with Orchestra Hall and McKnight Theater in the Twin Cities. She has played for masterclasses of Elly Ameling and Gerard Souzay; was coach and pianist for national winners in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award, National Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Rosa Poselle International Vocal Competition among others; and has served as Associate Conductor/Pianist of the Dale Warland Singers, pianist for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale and The Singers-MCA. Ms. Palmer is Director of Music Ministries at Unity Church-Unitarian in Saint Paul MN where the Unity Singers, a 16-voice chamber choir was chosen to perform at the 2009 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association.

Erik BarsnessErik Barsness received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Minnesota in 2001 and Masters Degree from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden in 2005. A 2002 Fulbright Scholar, Erik has also received awards from the American Composers Forum, Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. He is currently co-director and percussionist of Ensemble 61, a Saint Paul-based contemporary music group. Erik also performs frequently with CRASH and The Minnesota Percussion Trio, maintains a private teaching studio in the Twin Cities, and teaches at MacPhail Center for Music.



ABBIE BETINIS – Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
JAKE ENDRES – The Sense of the World
   I. Good-Bye
   II. The Apology
   III. Eros
DOMINICK ARGENTO – The Andrée Expedition (excerpts)
   I. Prologue
   II. The Balloon Rises
ABBIE BETINIS – Unwissend vor dem Himmel meines Lebens
ABBIE BETINIS – Of Poets & Fools (premiere)  
   I. Who stole your wits away
   II. I hear the wind a-blow
   III. Lift up the white knee