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.



Annual Nobel Conference Concert Set for Tuesday at Gustavus

Music at Nobel, a tradition that began in the early years of the Nobel Conference, continues with the 51st conference October 6 & 7, 2015 at Gustavus Adolphus College. The Department of Music at Gustavus will be evident throughout the 2-day conference and will include performances by over 250 Gustavus students and faculty members. The […]


Molly Clinefelter Faculty Recital Saturday

The Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to open its faculty recital season with a solo recital by mezzo soprano Molly Clinefelter, Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Clinefelter’s program, For the Child in Us All, will be presented in Jussi Björling Recital Hall with pianist Matt McFarlane and cellist Sebastian […]


October Brings Michal Sagar’s Third Dream Exhibition to Schaefer Gallery

Minneapolis visual artist Michal Sagar will open the exhibition season in Schaefer Gallery on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus with The Beginning of the Third Dream, October 1 – 30. The exhibition is underwritten by the Gustavus Artist Series and will open on October 1 with an artist lecture at 4:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Lecture Hall in the Department […]


Hillstrom Museum of Arts Opens New Season with Grant Wood’s Lithographs

The Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to announce two concurrent exhibitions in the Museum opening on September 14 and running through November 8 — Grant Wood’s Lithographs: A Regionalist Vision Set in Stone and Art Inspiring Art: George Bellows’ Sunset, Shady Valley. An opening reception is scheduled for Monday, September […]


Nature to be Performed at Gustavus’ Linneaus Arboretum

Linnaeus Arboretum at Gustavus Adolphus College, in collaboration with the Gustavus Department of Theatre/Dance, presents the highly acclaimed Twin Cities outdoor show, Nature produced by TigerLion Arts on September 25-27. Nature is a professionally produced family-friendly outdoor experience like no other. An award-winning ensemble of actors brings audience members into a playful outdoor journey filled […]


New Season Set for Anderson Theatre

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to announce its 2015-16 season on the Anderson Theatre stage. The coming season includes works by Mary Zimmerman, Samuel Beckett, a musical adaptation of a work by William Shakespeare, the fall Choreographers’ Gallery and Spring Dance Concert, and the 20th anniversary celebration of […]


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 […]