Archive for 2009

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Oshima-Ryan Performs Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” Sunday

Pianist Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, associate professor of music at Gustavus Adolphus College, presents a solo recital of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Goldberg Variations," Sunday, October 18, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. This performance is free and open to the public.

Jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling Returns to Gustavus

Jazz vocalist of the year, Kurt Elling, joins with the Laurence Hobgood Trio for this special Homecoming event on the 20th anniversary of his graduation from Gustavus, Saturday, October 10, 8:00 p.m. Tickets available at

Jorgensen CD Release Recital Sunday

St. Peter musicians Michael and Bonnie Jorgensen will present a recital of voice and piano Sunday, October 4, to celebrate the release of their new recording on compact disc, ALL THE OLD, FAMILIAR PLACES. Sunday's concert begins at 3:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall.

Pianist John McKay Returns for Recital

As part of a seven-concert tour through the Midwest, Pianist John Mckay returns to Gustavus Adolphus College to present a solo recital on Saturday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Björling Recital Hall. McKay's concert tour is part of a year-long celebration of the music of Franz Josef Haydn who died 200 years ago this year.

Gustavus Music Faculty Gather for Fall Recital

Members of the Department of Music faculty join efforts Sunday, September 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Björling Recital Hall for a fall recital of violin, sax, flute and piano. The recital includes performances by Brian Buckstead, violin, Emily Sapa, flute, Barbara Leibundguth, flute, John Engebretson, alto saxophone, Esther Wang, piano and Beth Winterfeldt, piano.

Mattias Jacobsson, Guitar, in Concert

Sweden's renowned young guitarist Mattias Jacobsson presents a special guest recital at Jussi Björling Recital Hall on the Gustavus campus Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at the door for $10.

Jean-Marie Londeix Opens Music Season at Gustavus

William Street, saxophone and Roger Admiral, piano present a guest artist recital in Bjorling Recital Hall.

2009-2010 Anderson Theatre Season Announced

Building on its mission to work toward social justice through performance, the Department of Theatre/Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College announces the 2009-2010 Anderson Theatre season. The season opens with three one-act plays -- Far Away and Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill and Seven Palestinian Children by Deb Margolin and continues with New Horizons, a dance concert featuring works choreographed by students in the department. December brings a physical theatre project directed by Henry MacCarthy to the stage. The spring semester opens in February with the musical Urinetown with book and lyrics by Greg Kotis and music by Mark Hollman, followed by Mary Zimmerman's The Arabian Nights in April and Time to Soar: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert, with faculty, guest and student choreographers in May.

Fringe Festival Features Gustavus Theatre in "A Mother for Choco"

This year's Minnesota Fringe Festival will feature the work of hundreds of Gustavus Theatre & Dance students, alumni and faculty. This year is no exception with a special story focusing on the challenges of adoption in Keiko Kasza's "A Mother for Choco (& other Mother Stories)," a Kid's Fringe piece developed by Amy Seham and Anne Sawyer-Aitch, in collaboration with a cast of student performers.

Concert Season Finale Highlights Gustavus Commencement Weekend

The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and the Gustavus Choir combine forces Saturday, May 30, to present the concert season's finale performance at 8:00 p.m. in Christ Chapel. Concerto/Aria Competition winners Azra Halilovic, piano and Tom Oelfke, trombone are among the featured performers as the the symphony and choir drop the final curtain of the fine arts season on the Gustavus campus.