The Schubert Club is delighted to present the ever-popular “Songs for the Season by Minnesota Composers” again in 2016 as part of its free Courtroom Concert series. Because of the popularity of this annual event, this year we are pleased to announce that in addition to the free noontime concert at Landmark Center, we will present an encore performance at the Twin Cities Public Television Street Space in Lowertown, St. Paul. This encore performance will also be free and will be live-streamed online. 

This program will feature a world premiere titled “O Holy Child of Bethlehem” by Minneapolis composer Timothy C. Takach. Also on the program will be Bradley Ellingboe’s “Our Wistful Song” with lyrics by Susan Palo Cherwien. Other composers include 2-time McKnight Artist Fellow and Schubert Club composer-in-residence Abbie Betinis (with lyrics by Minneapolis poet Michael Dennis Browne), renowned folk singer/songwriter Peter Mayer, 2016 Nobel laureate Bob Dylan, and Prince. The audience will be invited to join in singing on St. Paul composer Linda Kachelmeier’s celtic-inspired New Years song: “We Toast the Days” and Neal Hagberg’s “Listen to the Angels.” 

Watch the live stream here starting at 6:45pm on December 15, 2016: 


Performer Bios

shaw_webCarrie Henneman Shaw, soprano, is known for vivid performances of Baroque and contemporary classical music. Praised in the New York Times “as graceful vocally as she was in her movements”, “consistently stylish” (Boston Globe), and as a “cool, precise soprano” (Chicago Tribune), Carrie is a member of Chicago’s ensemble dal niente and Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. Carrie earned degrees in English and voice performance from Lawrence University, completed a doctorate at the University of Minnesota, and currently teaches at Bethel University and Winona State University. Carrie has been the proud recipient of a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, a Next Step Fund award, and an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

laura_webLaura Betinis Healy, mezzo, praised for her “particularly rich tone” (The Tech, MIT), and “all the more beautiful by the edge of folk styling” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), has performed with chamber and choral ensembles throughout the Northeast and Midwest.  An active soloist in the Boston area, Laura has been featured with the Oriana Consort, King’s Chapel Choir, and Cappella Clausura, with whom she recorded The Complete Vespers of Cozzolani, and appeared as Anima (“the soul”) in the staged Hildegard von Bingen’s opera Ordo Virtutum. In 2015, Laura premiered her sister Abbie’s new Christmas carol on Minnesota Public Radio, along with jazz pianist Anthony Healy, and soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw.  Earlier this year, Laura appeared on the Minnesota Orchestra’s Inside the Classics program. A graduate of Ithaca College with degrees in Music and English, she now lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

nick_webNicholas Chalmers, tenor, has had recent solo engagements with Bach Society of Minnesota, the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, Glorious Revolution Baroque, Oratory, the Mirandola Ensemble, the Elm Ensemble, the Gregorian Singers, and Minnesota Chorale. He has also sung with The Rose Ensemble, The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, Minnesota Opera, and Opera Memphis. In addition to an active performance schedule, Nick directs the choirs of Chesterton Academy and the Choristers and Schola Cantorum at the Church of the Holy Family. Nick earned a Bachelor of Music from St. Olaf College where he was tenor section leader of the St. Olaf Choir. Nick is in his final year of Masters studies in Choral Conducting at the University of Minnesota where he is Assistant Director of Campus Singers-Mosaic, and a teaching assistant in the music theory department.

takach_webTimothy C. Takach, bass, enjoys a busy and varied career as a composer, singer and clinician. As a full-time composer, Timothy has a healthy schedule of commissioned work, and his work has been called “gorgeous” (Washington Post) and “eventful” (Star Tribune).  A co-founder and longtime member of Cantus, he has also performed with VocalEssence, Seraphic Fire, the SPCO Chorale and many other vocal ensembles.  He is co-founder and vice president of Graphite Publishing and a founding member of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative.  Timothy graduated with honors from St. Olaf College with degrees in Music Composition and Art.

Since moving to Minneapolis in 2005, Zacc Harris has gained a reputation as one of the area’s top guitarists, leading a host of creative projects including Atlantis Quartet, winner of the 2015 McKnight Fellowship and named 2011 Best Jazz Artist by the City Pages, as well as the Zacc Harris Group, American Reverie, and Zacc Harris Trio.

Harris has toured as leader and sideman throughout the US and UK, including a recent run with Zacc Harris Group at London’s famed Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Jazz Improv Magazine says, “Harris delivers a sound that is lucid, clear…providing rich-sounding accompaniment, and well-crafted solos” while Cadence Magazine calls some of Harris’ work on Atlantis Quartet’s most recent album “worthy of John McLaughlin.” MPR News states, “Harris makes his own mark on standards with enough new hooks to keep jazz alive.”

In 2012, Harris released his first album as leader, THE GARDEN, on Shifting Paradigm Records. City Pages writer Rick Mason says, “The Garden showcases Harris’s compositions, which adeptly and compellingly link the past and future of jazz, and guitar work, which is consistently articulate with an enticing fluidity seemingly influenced by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny.”

Zacc is also a busy sideman, having performed and recorded with countless artists, including Debbie Duncan, Bruce Henry, Babatunde Lea, Eric Gravatt, Ben Wendel, Michael Janisch, and Nancy Harms. Currently, he plays with Jt Bates’ Grain Trio, Lars Larson’s Mancrush, Cory Healey’s Beautiful Sunshine Band, and Adam Meckler Quintet.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Zacc has studied privately with Adam Rogers, Jonathan Kreisberg, Gilad Hekselman, Nir Felder, Miles Okazaki, and Fareed Haque. Zacc has taught privately for the past 18 years and is currently adjunct faculty in the music department at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and Carleton College in Northfield, MN.

Audrey Slote, a native of Pennsylvania, first ventured to Minnesota to study the cello with Dr. David Carter at St. Olaf College. While at St. Olaf, she received a Christiansen Music Scholarship, worked as a teaching assistant in music theory, and served as principal cellist in the St. Olaf Orchestra. As a leader in the orchestra, she toured China in the summer of 2012, performed on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and participated in St. Olaf’s world famous Christmas Festival for its 100th Anniversary in 2011. Since beginning her graduate studies with Tanya Remenikova, a former student of the great Mstislav Rostropovich, Slote has played in masterclasses led by Peter Wiley, Anthony Ross, the Pacifica Quartet, and the Cavani Quartet. She maintains a successful performing and teaching career while also analyzing and researching the lives and works of various composers. Slote’s musicological work focuses on intersections between music theory, feminism, and Jewish history. She hopes to empower other young women to pursue music theory, a field in which they are generally underrepresented.


Concert Info

Schubert Club presents Songs for the Season by Minnesota Composers

December 15, 2016
12pm Courtroom Concert at Landmark Center
7pm Encore performance at Twin Cities Public Television and streaming live online below

Both concerts are FREE, and we expect both concerts to reach capacity.
The 12pm performance will be first come, first served, but reservations are required for the 7pm performance.

We are no longer accepting reservations for this performance, though if you are interested in attending the concert, walk-ups are welcomed.



Featuring: Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano; Laura Betinis Healy, alto; Nicholas Chalmers, tenor; Timothy C. Takach, bass, Zacc Harris, guitar, and Audrey Slote, cello. 

Linda Kachelmeier — We Toast the Days

Bradley Ellingboe — Our Wistful Song
Abbie Burt Betinis — Behind the Clouds
Timothy C. Takach — O Holy Child of Bethlehem — premiere
Joan Griffith — Sweet Noel

Stephen Paulus — Carol of the Candle
Kenneth Jennings — Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913
Bob Dylan — Ring Them Bells

Peter Mayer — My Soul
Abbie Burt Betinis/Alfred Burt — Romance in Waltz Time
Daniel Messe — Identical Snowflakes

Neal Hagberg — Boswell’s Lights
Don Peterson — Christmas City
Prince — The Same December
Neal Hagberg — Listen to the Angels

This concert is supported by St. Paul Cultural STAR and the MN Music Coalition.

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