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.

 

Organist James Hicks to Perform at Gustavus’ Christ Chapel

Concert organist James Hicks will present a recital of organ music from Scandinavia on Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. Tickets are not required for this recital. Mr. Hicks has recently embarked upon a project titled Nordic Journey, through which he seeks to perform, commission, […]

Gustavus to Bring Sweeney Todd to Anderson Theatre

The Department of Theatre & Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College brings Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to the Anderson Theatre stage as the first production of 2017. Directed by Henry MacCarthy, and under the musical direction of Sam Grace ’11, performances will be presented at 8:00 p.m., February 17-18 […]

Meffert-Nelson, Arons, Wu & Billmeyer in Faculty Recital Sunday at Gustavus

The Department of Music at Gustavus is pleased to present a faculty recital on Sunday, February 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Hall. This recital will feature members of the Department of Music faculty Karrin Meffert-Nelson, clarinet; Szu Ling Wi, piano; and guest artists Rebecca Arons, cello and Susan Billmeyer, piano. This performance is open […]

The Gustavus Choir to Present its Home Concert in Christ Chapel Saturday

The Gustavus Choir, one of the nation’s finest Lutheran college choirs, will present its 2017 Home Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 11 in Christ Chapel. Under the direction of Dr. Gregory J. Aune, the choir recently completed a 10-day concert tour with performances in Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Minnesota. The Choir’s Home […]

Hillstrom Museum of Art Opens Made in U.S.A.: Rosenquist/Ruscha, and Recent Acquisitions

The Hillstrom Museum of Art presents Made in U.S.A.: Rosenquist/Ruscha, and Recent Acquisitions, on view February 13-April 23, 2017, with an opening reception Monday, February 13, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Made in U.S.A.: Rosenquist/Ruscha features over fifty artworks generously lent from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation of Portland, Oregon. […]

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra to Present its 2017 Home Concert Saturday

One of the nation’s foremost collegiate concert bands, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., now in its third year under the direction of conductor and artistic director, James Patrick Miller, will present its 2017 Home Concert at Jussi Björling Recital Hall on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. […]

KSMQ TV to Broadcast Michael & Bonnie Jorgensen’s Work on Theodora Cormontan

KSMQ, public television for southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, will be airing a feature about Norwegian composer and pianist Theodora Cormontan as part of the station’s locally produced program “Off 90” series on arts and history of the region. The feature follows the research on Cormontan’s life and work by Gustavus music voice Professor Michael […]

Gustavus Symphony Bassist on Team Winning Deloitte Accounting Competition

After preparing the case for a month, the team of accounting students received the highest scores from Deloitte partners at the final presentations. Original story posted on November 22, 2016, by Sophie Leininger Gustavus Symphony Orchestra bassist Emily Roose was a member of the team of four Gustavus Adolphus College accounting students who won a […]

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 […]