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.
The Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to announce the selection of jazz composer and director Dave Stamps to lead jazz studies at the College following the retirement of Dr. Steve Wright, long-time director of the trumpet and jazz programs, at the end of the current academic year. Stamps will direct the jazz studies program as well as continue to build on the College’s composition program.
Home Free, the Minnesota-based country vocal band that includes Gustavus alumni Chris '02 and Adam '04 Rupp, won season four of the NBC show The Sing-Off on Monday, Dec. 23. By winning the contest, Home Free will receive $100,000 and a Sony recording contract.
The Minnesota-based vocal band Home Free advanced to the finals of NBC’s The Sing-Off by returning to its country roots Thursday night with the Zach Brown Band’s “Colder Weather". As Home Free enter the finals on Monday night, only three of the original ten groups remain.
Singer, song-writer, storyteller, and guitarist Michael Johnson will perform in Bjorling Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.
Painting the Place Between, a new documentary film produced by Gustavus art professor Kristen Lowe, will premiere at St. Paul’s Fitzgerald Theatre on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. A reception at 6:45 p.m. will allow members of the audience to meet the four artists featured in the documentary and to view their work prior to the premiere.
The Theatre and Dance Department at Gustavus Adolphus College is proud to present Trojan Barbie by Christine Evans, an award-winning play that thrusts a 21st century heroine into a prisoner-of-war camp alongside famous characters from Greek playwright Euripedes’ Trojan Women, such as Hecuba and Cassandra.
Continuing its long tradition of connecting music on the campus to the theme of the annual Nobel Conference, the Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to present a faculty trio and the music of Johannes Brahms and Dmitri Shostakovich in the 2013 Nobel Conference Concert, “Dark Energy.” The faculty piano trio of violinist Jill Olson Moser, cellist Sharon Mautner-Rodgers and pianist Yumiko Oshima-Ryan will present the concert in Christ Chapel on Tuesday, October 1, beginning at 8:15 p.m.
The Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus Adolphus College will open its new season on Monday, September 9 as it presents three concurrent exhibitions, Associated American Artists: Art by Subscription, Recent Acquisitions and Debuts of the Hillstrom Museum of Art, and String Theory and the Superconducting Super Collider Series: Paintings by Lucinda Mason.
The annual St. Croix Theatre Festival in St. Croix Falls, Wisc., has opened for another season and, again this year, includes some familiar names from the Gustavus Department of Theatre & Dance and the Department of Music.
After living in New York City for several years, Gustavus alumnus, actor, and filmmaker Shane Jensen '10 is returning to Minnesota to work on a new project called The Way the Crow Flies.