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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Songs of the Season, Carols of MN Composers, evening performance at Central Presbyterian Church
Named “most imaginative classical holiday program” by the Star Tribune, and performed to overflow audiences for the past seven years, The Schubert Club’s annual Songs of the Season program features winter songs and carols by more than a dozen Minnesota composers and songwriters. It is free and open to the public.
Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano; Laura Betinis Healy, mezzo soprano
Nicholas Chalmers, tenor; Timothy Takach, bass
Curated by Abbie Betinis.
Due to audience demand, Schubert Club has added this 7:30pm evening performance at the historic Central Presbyterian Church.
Praised in The New York Times as “graceful,” “consistently stylish” (Boston Globe), and a “cool, precise soprano” (Chicago Tribune), Carrie Henneman Shaw is a two-time winner of the McKnight Fellowship for Musicians (2010, 2017). She has premiered major works by such Minnesota composers as Jocelyn Hagen and Abbie Betinis, and performed American premieres of works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Hans Thomalla, and Augusta Read Thomas. In addition to being an interpreter of contemporary and experimental music, Carrie specializes in music of the 17th century and has performed operatic roles with America’s leading Baroque opera company, Boston Early Music Festival. Carrie is a member of Chicago’s Ensemble Dal Niente and Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. She holds degrees in English and voice performance from Lawrence University and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Carrie is an instructor at Winona State University and Bethel University.
Laura Betinis Healy, mezzo, praised for her “particularly rich tone” (The Tech, MIT), made “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. As 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 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. Last year, Laura appeared on the Minnesota Orchestra’s Inside the Classics program. A graduate of Ithaca College with degrees in Music and English, she currently lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Nicholas Chalmers, tenor, has sung with The Rose Ensemble, The Bach Society of Minnesota and Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, Glorious Revolution Baroque, The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, and the Minnesota Chorale. Recent solo engagements include Oratory, Magnum Chorum, the Church Music Association of America, and the St. Mark’s Cathedral Concert Series. Last spring, Nicholas concluded his Master’s studies in Choral Conducting at the University of Minnesota, where he conducted several campus ensembles and held a Teacher’s Assistant position in the music theory department. Nicholas is Director of Music at Chesterton Academy, Director of Music at Annunciation Church in South Minneapolis, and Artistic Director of the Mirandola Ensemble, which presents programs of rarely performed early music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras strategically juxtaposed with the compositions of 20th and 21st century composers.
Timothy 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.
About Abbie Betinis
Composer 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 New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie has been awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship, grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and was recently listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40. A resident of Saint Paul, she is adjunct professor of composition at Concordia University, and was composer-in-residence with the Schubert Club from 2005-2017.
Ticket InfoFree Admission
ProgramSINGING THE STORY
Libby Larsen - Novum Gaudium
Linda Kachelmeier - Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep
William Rhys Herbert - O Little Town of Bethlehem
Timothy C. Takach - O Holy Child of Bethlehem
Abbie Betinis - Little Fir Tree
Richard Rasch - Northern Nativity
Jeremy Messersmith (arr. Betinis) - I’m a Snowflake, Baby
Daniel Messe (arr. Betinis) - Identical Snowflakes
Peter Mayer - Flying
Peter Mayer (arr. Betinis) - Heavenly Child
Peter Mayer - Neighborly Love (evening show only)
Peter Mayer - Coming Home
LET IT SHINE
Abbie Betinis - Hail, Christmas Day!
Don Peterson (arr. Betinis) - Christmas City
Peter Mayer (arr. Betinis) - Stables
Peter Mayer - Where Is the Light
Musiciansspecial guest: Peter Mayer (voice/guitar/songwriter)
vocal quartet: Carrie Henneman Shaw, Laura Betinis Healy, Nicholas Chalmers, Timothy C. Takach
horn: Melissa Kalal
flute: Alison Young
curating/arranging: Abbie Betinis
(Evening show only) choir: Central Choir; organ/conductor: Jennifer Anderson; drum: Lucy Hiestand