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 2013-14 Gustavus Choir 

Gustavus Choir Receives Invitation to Perform for ACDA

For the second time in the Gustavus Choir’s 82-year history, it has received an invitation to perform at the American Choral Directors Association North Central Division Conference. This concert by the Gustavus Choir, conducted by Dr. Gregory Aune, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, March 21 at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines, Iowa.

David Lim '15 

David Lim ’15 Wins National Organ Competition

Gustavus Adolphus College junior David Lim was recently named the winner of the 12th annual Immanuel Lutheran Church Organ Competition. Lim is a Jussi Björling Music Scholar, member of the Choir of Christ Chapel, and a biology and music double major.

The Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Music Showcase 2012 

Gustavus Music Showcase Concert is Sunday

The biennial Gustavus Music Showcase, featuring performances by the Gustavus Choir, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, will be presented at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Avenue) in Mahtomedi on Sunday, March 16.

Jazz Director & Composer Dave Stamps (Photo by Andreas Xenopoulos) 

Gustavus Names Dave Stamps New Director of Jazz Ensembles

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 Wins NBC’s The Sing-Off

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.


Home Free in NBC’s The Sing-Off Finals Monday

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.

Michael Johnson 

Michael Johnson in Concert at Gustavus

Singer, song-writer, storyteller, and guitarist Michael Johnson will perform in Bjorling Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

Betsy Byers' Studio at Night 

Lowe Documentary Painting the Place Between to Premiere at Fitzgerald

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.

Trojan Barbie 

Anderson Theatre Presents Trojan Barbie

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.

Music Notes 

Nobel Concert Dark Energy Set for Tuesday

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.