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.

 

Micheal Johnson Returns to Gustavus

Michael Johnson, the singer, song-writer, storyteller, and guitarist who has performed to sold-out audiences at Gustavus Adolphus College for nearly 50 years, returns to Björling Recital Hall once again. The tradition continues on Friday, December 9, 2016. This performance begins at 8:00 p.m. Michael Johnson first performed at Gustavus in the late 1960’s with the […]

Gustavus Strings Set for Two Concerts on Sunday

The string students in the Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College will be busy on Sunday, December 11, as they present two concert in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. Beginning at 1:30 p.m., Dr. Justin Knoepfel and the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra and the Baroque Quartet will present their winter concert. At 7:00 p.m., two string […]

Woodwind Chamber and Brassworks! Open Saturday Music at Gustavus

The Department of Music at Gustavus will open the final weekend of student performances with a 10:30 a.m. Woodwind Chamber Ensembles Concert on Saturday, December 10, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the annual Brassworks! concert. Both performances will be presented in Jussi Björling Recital Hall and will be free of charge. Karrin Meffert-Nelson will lead […]

Hillstrom Museum of Art Now Showing LeRoy Neiman Exhibition

The Hillstrom Museum of Art presents Action! The Anatomy of LeRoy Neiman’s Champions, on view from November 21, 2016 through January 27, 2017. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday and on the weekend from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. The exhibition was organized by […]

Gustavus Percussion Ensemble Concert Set for Sunday

Under its new director Adam Rappel, the Gustavus Percussion Ensemble will present its Fall Concert on Sunday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on the Gustavus campus. Admission to the event is free and tickets are not required. Dr. Adam Rappel is in his first year as a visiting assistant professor […]

Isabel Carlson Violin Recital Saturday

Junior Isabel (Izzy) Carlson will present a student violin recital with pianist Bonnie Jorgensen on Saturday, November 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Björling Recital Hall on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter, Minnesota. Izzy is a 2014 graduate of South High School and the daughter of Janet Carlson and Cynthia Herrick of Minneapolis. […]

James DeVoll to Present Faculty Flute Recital Friday

The Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to present one of its own members, Flutist James DeVoll, in a faculty recital on Friday, November 18. With pianist Szu-Ling Wu, James will present this recital beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. Admission is free and tickets are not required. James […]

Anderson Theatre to Present More Light

Written by Sylvia Michels The Department of Theatre & Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College brings Bryrony Lavery’s More Light to the Anderson Theatre stage November 17—19 (8:00 p.m.) and November 20 (2:00 p.m.) Tickets are now on sale at gustavustickets.com and will also be available at the door 1 hour prior to show time. Inspired […]

Gustavus Vocal Jazz & Jazz Combos Fall Concert Sunday

The Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to announce the Fall Concert of the department’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos on Sunday, November 12 at 3:30 p.m. The performance will be presented in Jussi Björling Recital Hall in the Schaefer Center for the Arts and be directed by Gustavus faculty Dave […]

Bands at Gustavus to Present Fall Concert Saturday

The combined musicians of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, the Gustavus Wind Symphony and the Gustavus Chamber Winds will present the Department of Music’s Fall Bands Concert on Saturday, November 12 at 1:30 p.m. Under the direction of ensemble conductors James Patrick Miller, Heidi Johanna Miller and Karrin Meffert-Nelson, the ensembles will include the efforts of […]