Archive for Al Behrends

Al Behrends is the Director of Fine Arts Programs at Gustavus and has served the College in that capacity since 1986 following work with the Office of Admission and Alumni Affairs. Al is a jazz/swing bassist and a member of The Echoes and Rabbit Road ensembles and plays for the vocal jazz octet The Riverlights. He has served on the boards of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (founding member), the Mankato Children's Chorus and was founder and managing director of The Minnesota Valley Sommarfest.



Christmas in Christ Chapel Worship Services Set for Dec. 4-6

Gustavus Adolphus College’s 43rd annual Christmas in Christ Chapel worship services are set to take place Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6. This year’s theme is “Shalom, Salaam, Bethlehem” and will take the audience on a journey, joining the global travelers and residents of Bethlehem, Palestine, to celebrate the birth of the Prince of […]


Karl Schrag: Memories and Premonitions Opens at Hillstrom Museum of Art

The Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus Adolphus College presents, Karl Schrag: Memories and Premonitions, on view November 23, 2015 through January 29, 2016, with an opening reception Monday, November 23, 2015, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. German-born American artist Karl Schrag (1912-1995) created vibrant, visionary images that were in consonance with Abstract Expressionism, and he […]


Social Justice Theatre Troupe Celebrates 20 Years at Gustavus

A remarkable 20 years of original social justice theatre performances at Gustavus Adolphus College will be celebrated November 20-22 as the student social justice theatre troupe, I Am, We Are, hosts a weekend of events to commemorate this amazing achievement. Current and past members of I Am, We Are will join on the Gustavus campus […]

Student Recitals Fill Weekend at Gustavus

The Department of Music at Gustavus is pleased to announce three recitals which will include work by four students this weekend. The arts schedule includes a joint recital by Bailey Hilgren, oboe & Paige Schoenherr, bassoon, and solo recitals by Karin Dye, viola and Lisa Slaikeu, flute and voice. These recitals will be presented in […]

Gustavus Philharmonic in Concert Saturday

The 19-member Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Justin Knoepfel, will present its fall concert in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on Saturday, November 21 at 1:30 p.m. For this performance, the orchestra will welcome student conductor Karin Dye ’16 to the stage. The concert is open to the public. Tickets are not required. […]


Social Justice Theatre Troupe Celebrates 20 Years at Gustavus Nov. 20-22

Gustavus Adolphus College's social justice theatre troupe, I Am, We Are, will celebrate its 20th anniversary Nov. 20-22. Recognized as the oldest student-run social justice theatre troupe in the nation, I Am, We Are will welcome back alumni and community members for the weekend's full slate of events.


Mexico’s Voz en Punto in Concert Monday at Gustavus

Mexico’s premiere vocal ensemble, Voz en Punto, will present a Gustavus Artist Series concert on Monday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Björling Recital Hall on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus. This performance is presented as part of Voz en Punto’s U.S. concert tour and the Gustavus event is one of only two concerts scheduled […]


Gustavus Jazz Introduces New Programs Sunday

The Jazz Studies Program at Gustavus Adolphus College will unveil changes to its program this weekend with two concerts featuring new faces and projects within the Department of Music. Jazz studies director Dave Stamps will open the Sunday, November 15 concert schedule at 1:30 p.m. as he leads the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and the […]


Autumn Winds Saturday at Gustavus

The Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestras will open a busy weekend in the Department of Music at Gustavus on Saturday, November 14 with a joint fall concert in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The Autumn Winds performance by the two ensembles will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 and brings long-time wind orchestra conductor […]


Gustavus Symphony in Concert Saturday

Following a busy October that included performances at the Nobel Conference, Family Weekend and a joint concert with the orchestra at Buffalo High School, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Ruth Lin will present its fall concert in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on Saturday, November 7 at 1:30 p.m. For this performance, the symphony will […]