Archive for April, 2010

Gustavus Choir Conductor Philip Knautz, 1923–2010

Longtime Gustavus Adolphus College concert choir director and Professor Emeritus of Music Philip F. Knautz ’48—known to a generation of Gustavus student singers as “Mr. K”—died April 26 in Colby, Wis. He was 86.

If You Like Flutes and Woodwinds…..

Sunday, May 2, is a special day for the Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College and for anyone who likes woodwinds, especially flutes. The department has four concerts scheduled throughout the day. All will be presented in Bjorling Recital Hall and all are free and open to the public.

Wind Orchestra Concert Saturday in Christ Chapel

As part of the College's annual Honors Day celebration, Saturday, May 1, the Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestras will present their final concert of the season in Christ Chapel. This spring winds concert begins at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Playing with the big boys – Gustavus jazz ensemble displays its chops

Nearly every year Associate Professor of Music Steve Wright takes his Gustavus Jazz Lab Band to the prestigious Eau Claire Jazz Festival hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, not only to perform for a knowledgeable and appreciate audience but also to compete against some of the stellar college and university jazz programs in the Midwest.

Gustavus Choir Home Concert Saturday

The Gustavus Choir, the premier choral ensemble at Gustavus Adolphus College as well as one of the nation’s premier Lutheran college choirs, returns this week from it annual concert tour to present its Home Concert in Christ Chapel, Saturday, May 1, at 3:00 p.m. This performance, conducted by Gregory Aune, is free and open to the public.

Saturday Features 2010 Senior Honors Recital

Five Gustavus Adolphus College Department of Music seniors have been selected by audition to perform in the 2010 Seniors Honors Recital, Saturday, May 1 in Björling Recital Hall. The honors recital is a part of the annual Honors Day celebration and begins at 1:30 p.m. The recital is free and open to the public.

St. Ansgar’s & Chamber Singers Sing Friday

The St. Ansgar's Mens Chorus and the Gustavus Chambers Singers, both under the direction of Rod Urtel, combine talents for a joint spring concert on Friday, April 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. This performance is free and open to the public.

Sweden’s Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola Choir to Sing at Gustavus

The Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola Choir of Jönköping, Sweden, will present a concert at Gustavus Adolphus College's Christ Chapel on Monday, April 26, as part of its concert tour of the U.S. This performance is free of charge and begins at 4:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel.

Percussion & Jazz Concerts Sunday

Spring concerts for the percussion ensembles and the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble set the stage for Sunday, April 25, at Gustavus Adolphus College. Two performances are scheduled in Jussi Björling Recital Hall at 1:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Double Bass, Clarinet and Saxophone Recitals Saturday

The Department of Music at Gustavus continues the schedule of senior and junior recitals with performances by double bassists Kelsey Manning and Michael Nesbit, clarinetist Sara Thorstenson and saxophonist Pauli Jackson this Saturday, April 24 in Bjorling Recital Hall. These student recitals are free and open to the public.