Courtroom Concert Program Details

April 28, 2016, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center

Abbie BetinisMusic of The Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence
Abbie Betinis

The First Readings Project • J. David Moore, director
Singers: Kathy Lee, Linh Kauffman, Clara Osowski,
David Walton, Aaron James, James Ramlet
with Audrey Slote, cello; Eric Morris, tenor/actor; Jerry Rubino, piano 

From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hafez (excerpts)
A Little Love
    I. At a Window
    II. Under the Harvest Moon (Minnesota premiere)
Unwissend vor dem Himmel meines Lebens
Romance in Waltz Time
The World Made New (excerpts)
    Your Ever Faithfull Friend (Abigail Adams) (Midwest premiere)
    Eleanor Roosevelt’s Evening Prayer

The First Readings Project was founded in 2012 by composer, conductor, and singer J. David Moore, growing from a deep love of choral singing and a desire to encourage innovation and experimentation in the repertoire. His choir of professional singers acts as collaborators and mentors for composers developing new work. The group offers a number of services: a series of public readings; an online library of recordings of new work; and availability for composer-produced recordings, workshops, and performances. The organization is flexible and imaginative, eager to develop other projects as ideas present themselves. More information on their projects and upcoming events is at

Eric Morris is a Twin Cities-based actor and tenor. He has worked with Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Theater Latté Da, Old Log Theatre, Second Fiddle Productions, History Theatre, and Nautilus Music-Theater. Eric also sang the role of Beppe for Mill City Summer Opera’s inaugural production of I Pagliacci. Select regional credits: Curly in Oklahoma! for Beef and Boards; Robbie Fay in A Man of No Importance for The Gallery Players; Tommy in The Who’s Tommy, Big River, and The Civil War for the Barn Theatre; The Light in the Piazza and City of Angels for the Heritage Theatre Festival. Up next, Eric will portray ‘The Killer’ Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet at the Old Log Theatre. Eric holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Ithaca College in New York.

Mezzo Clara Osowski’s passion for performance is highlighted in her recital work and oratorio performances. In recent competitions she was the only American to reach the finals of Thomas Quasthoff’s Das Lied in Berlin, Germany last February. This past October Clara was a finalist in the Liederkranz Foundation in New York City and placed second in the American Prize for Art Song. Upcoming engagements include Dominick Argento’s Casa Guidi with Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in Minneapolis this April. In collaboration with pianist Mark Bilyeu and composer Libby Larsen, she is the Associate Artistic Director of Source Song Festival, a week-long art song festival in Minneapolis. More information at and

Soprano Linh Kauffman enjoys an active career in opera, oratorio, new music, and recital. Her 2014–2015 performances included Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Minnesota Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the Metropolitan Symphony, a recital for Festival Musica Antigua Panamá with Spain’s Forma Antiqva, Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo for the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, the title role in Handel’s Esther with Lyra Baroque Orchestra and Purcell opera excerpts for Festival Musique en l’Île in Paris. A prolific concert and chamber artist, Linh has also appeared with the multiple symphony orchestras, Seraphic Fire, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Portland Baroque, the Rose Ensemble and Piffaro. Upcoming appearances include Carmina Burana in Prague, Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Opera Antiqva Panamá, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Festival Musica Antigua Panamá, Handel’s Messiah in Kansas City and Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Quad City Symphony.

Jerry Rubino is a conductor, teacher, pianist, coach, and singer. A native of Philadelphia, he was a charter member of the Philadelphia Singers, attended Curtis Institute as a cellist and holds degrees in piano, music education, and conducting from Temple University and the University of Minnesota. He has since made his home in the Twin Cities where he has been associate conductor for the Dale Warland Singers, assistant conductor of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale, and music-directed Nautilus Music Theater touring productions of A View from Here and Alice Unwrapped and Theatre Latte Da’s production of Company at the Ordway. He is Minister of Music at Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church in Golden Valley, and serves as repertoire and standards chair for worship and church music for the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association. Since 2011, Jerry has been Artistic Director of Voices of Experience, a choral outreach program of the Minnesota Chorale and MacPhail School of Music, for seniors, 55+ with the mission to foster lifelong learning and community building.


Abbie, age 3, experimenting with ‘hawmonies’

Abbie Betinis has loved experimenting with sound since age 3, when her parents—singing in the car—heard an excited squeal from the backseat: “I holded my own hawmony!” Now her catalog of over sixty commissioned works includes projects for the American Choral Directors Association, American Suzuki Foundation, Cantus, Dale Warland Singers, James Sewell Ballet, The Rose Ensemble, Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, and Zeitgeist. A language enthusiast with a penchant for research, Abbie enjoys exploring the world through music, incorporating into her projects elements from early American shape-note singing, Chinese compassion mantras, ancient Greek binding spells, Gaelic keening, Japanese origami, and 14th c. Sufi mysticism.

A two-time McKnight Artist Fellow, Abbie has received grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, Esoterics, Donne in Musica (Italy), Minnesota Music Educators Association, and New York’s Sorel Organization. Her song cycle “Nattsanger (Nightsongs)” won an Honorable Mention in ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and is released on the Naxos label. Minnesota Public Radio has recorded and produced Abbie’s annual Christmas carol since 2001, and National Public Radio and Public Radio International have aired her music in performances by the Dale Warland Singers, Philadelphia Singers and The Rose Ensemble.

Abbie’s music is published by Graphite Publishing, Hal Leonard, Kjos, in G. Schirmer’s Dale Warland Series, and by her own venture, Abbie Betinis Music Co, which she founded in 2006. A strong proponent of small business and cooperative models, she is co-founder of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative and serves as its president. Through her cross-marketing campaigns with these seven other small publishers, Abbie’s music was performed last year in 14 countries on five continents, totaling nearly 400 performances.

Abbie is a graduate of the Suzuki piano program in her hometown of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, holds a B.A. in music from St. Olaf College, M.A. in music composition from the University of Minnesota, and has done post-graduate work in Paris on scholarship from the European American Musical Alliance, where she studied harmony and counterpoint in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger with Philip Lasser and Narcis Bonet. A three-time cancer survivor, she lives in Saint Paul, where she is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Concordia University, and Composer-in-Residence for The Schubert Club. In her free time, she sings high tenor in The Fairlanes, a doo-wop quartet.


Concert Info

October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center


Hosted by Schubert Club
Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.

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