Her winning composition, Shell, is composed with a graphic score representing circular thought patterns associated with anxiety and stress.
I wrote this piece during an avalanche of college applications, homework, extracurriculars, late nights, and fear of the future. The circular form came out of the idea of the circular thought patterns associated with anxiety and stress. The graphic score form fit these feelings perfectly because the thoughts are not complex, but relatively unstructured and frantic. The title reflects not only the score’s appearance, but also the crunchy defensive feeling of inwardness caused by stress.
Playing it Close to Home
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
March 15, 2 p.m.
Nazareth Chapel at University of Northwestern
3003 Snelling Ave. North, St. Paul
$10 Friday and Sunday
free Sunday for UNSP students
With winning songs from our Eric Stokes Song Contest plus music by local composer Abbie Betinis, our annual Playing it Close to Home concert celebrates the wealth of musical creativity found right here in our own backyard. The program includes the world premiere of Betinis’s new work commissioned by Zeitgeist plus Nattsanger, her award-winning song cycle featuring guest soprano Alyssa Anderson.
*Saturday’s performance includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a post-concert reception with Abbie Betinis.