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.

 

 

Summer’s Not Over for Guthrie’s Berdahl, Guittar and Benson

Summer hasn’t yet run out on The Music Man. Not this summer. The Guthrie Theatre has extended its run of Meredith Wilson’s time-honor classic The Music Man through August 30. Performances are scheduled daily (except for Mondays) at 7:00 p.m. on the Wurtele Thrust Stage at the Guthrie with an added 1:00 p.m. matinée on […]

 

Knoepfel & Olson-Moser Join Idina Menzel for Minneapolis Concert

Two Gustavus Department of Music faculty members, Justin Knoepfel, viola and Jill Olson-Moser, violin, joined vocalist Idina Menzel for the pop singer’s August 13 concert in Minneapolis. Menzel, best known for her Oscar and Grammy-winning performance of “Let It Go” in Disney’s animated film Frozen, performed with a chamber orchestra of Minnesota musicians on the […]

 

Gusties Light Up Minnesota Fringe Festival

For most Minnesotans, summer means family vacation, time at the lake or in the Boundary Waters, a slower pace, and some time to themselves. For others, as July rolls into August, it means Minnesota’s Fringe Festival and their lives go from wild to crazy. Playwrights, directors, actors and theatre enthusiasts from around the country will […]

 

Gustavus Wind Orchestra Earns CBDNA Invite

Adding another accolade to its storied, 137-year history, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra has received word from the College Band Directors National Association that the ensemble has been honored with an invitation to perform at the 2016 CBDNA conference at Iowa State University. The invitation, a first for the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, followed an audition process […]

 

Cameron Jarvis ’15 Artwork in Here & Somewhere Else Exhibition

Recent graduate Cameron Jarvis ’15 didn’t take long to get his art into another exhibition. Just two months after commencement and his participation in the Senior Studio Art Majors’ Exhibition in the Hillstrom Museum of Art, the young artist will have his work hanging in a one-man show titled Here and Somewhere Else: Artwork by […]

 

Where Nice Evenings Are Recalled by Kurt Elling ’89

(Written by Joanne Kaufman, The New York Times) The note-bending, soul-patch-sporting, Grammy-winning jazz singer Kurt Elling ’89 lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Luiza, in a two-bedroom rental on the Upper West Side. The window in the eat-in kitchen offers a view of glorious sunsets (much photographed by the family); there are gracious […]

 

Hillstrom Museum of Art Features Summer Viewing of Two Sanzén Landscapes

The Hillstrom Museum of Art has on view through its front window two oil paintings from its permanent collection.  These are by famed Swedish-American artist Birger Sandzén (1871-1954), who came to America from his native Sweden in 1894, settling in Lindsborg, Kansas, where he spent his career associated with Bethany College. In 1901, the artist […]

 

Symphony Finale Features Aria/Concerto Winners

As the 2014-15 academic year at Gustavus comes to a close, the Department of Music has one final public performance on the calendar. The Season Finale with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra will include performances by the 2015 Concerto/Aria Competition winners and a student conductor on Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. Conducted by Dr. Ruth […]

 

Senior Art Majors Exhibition Opens May 2 in Hillstrom Museum

Free Art Tasting (And False Advertising): Senior Art Majors Exhibition 2015 will continue to be on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College, through Commencement, May 31, 2015.  The museum is open weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Expanded hours will be in effect for Commencement […]

 

Coming Weekend Concludes Gustavus Recital Season

One more busy weekend of recitals and concerts concludes the end-of-the year performances in music at Gustavus. These events will be presented in Björling Recital Hall May 15 – 17 and will include the annual G Sharp, Vasa Wind Orchestra and Brassworks! spring concerts along with junior and senior recitals in flute, clarinet, guitar, saxophone […]