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.


Just Across the Street

As the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and Gustavus Jazz Lab Band’s international concert tour moved from Skopje to Bitola in Macedonia, the beauty of Macedonia became even more obvious. After spending two days in the smothering winter fog of Macedonia’s capitol city of Skopje, it was wonderful to move south and through one of the mountain ranges that […]

First Impressions – Lasting Memories

Blog written by Bailey Hilgren On our long drive from Volos across the border on January 28, we were surprised with an announcement that our performance in the Skopje Opera House the next day was actually going to be broadcast live all throughout Macedonia. Further, the Macedonian pop star Laura Krliu was going to be […]

A Thousand Words

It is wonderful to read the insights from the members of the 2016 Gustavus Department of Music concert tour. They see and hear so much more than I do at the same event. While there is so much to say about the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and Gustavus Jazz Lab Band’s international concert tour in Greece […]

Two Cups of Coffee

Blog by Joey Wiley ’16 Waking up at 5:30AM is definitely not ideal when home, but on tour, and specifically in Greece, the reward of this early wake up time is much greater than the cost of a couple cups of Greek coffee. As we started our journey from Patras to Volos, I was eager […]

Gustavus Dance Presents Kinetic Tapestry in Anderson Theatre

Press Release written by: Sarah Vanyo This December, members of The Gustavus Dance Company and other student dancers will perform the annual Choreographers’ Gallery, Kinetic Tapestry, a collaboration of innovative and aesthetic movement choreographed entirely by students. The student choreographers, chosen through a highly selective process for exhibiting advanced skills in creative choreographic work, will […]

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. […]