Archive for November, 2011

Julljus: Christmas in Christ Chapel 2011

The 39th annual Christmas in Christ Chapel celebration at Gustavus Adolphus College will be presented on December 2, 3 & 4, 2011. This year's theme, commemorating the College's 150th academic year and celebrating the institution's Swedish immigrant heritage, is Julljus: Light from the Old World, Light to the New.

Kimberly Braun ’11 Leads the Cast in “A Southern Exposure”

Kimberly Braun, a 2011 theatre honors major from the Gustavus Department of Theatre and Dance, has landed the lead role of Callie Belle Hurt in Kelley Kingston-Strayer’s A Southern Exposure produced and presented at the Iowa Theatre Artists Company. The production opened on November 11 at the Iowa Theatre Artists Company and Performing Arts Center (4709 220th Trail, Amana, Iowa), with performances each weekend through November 27. Additional information regarding times and tickets for the final weekend of the run can be found at 319-622-3222 or by email at

Meffert-Nelson, Knoepfel & Hill in Minnesota Opera Premiere

Gustavus Department of Music faculty Karrin Meffert-Nelson, Justin Knoepfel and Paul Hill were in the orchestra as the Minnesota Opera premiered Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell's Silent Night to sold-out audiences at St. Paul's Ordway Center on November 12 - 20. Called "dark and elegaic" by the Daily Planet, Silent Night is based on the true story from of an unusual Christmas truce at the front lines in the darkest days of WWI. It was not a Hallmark Special. "Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell treat the truce as exactly that: a rare interlude of good heart and good sense in the middle of a long, brutal world war.

Hillstrom Museum of Arts Opens New Exhibitions November 21

The Hillstrom Museum of Art will open three concurrent exhibitions on November 21, 2011: Familiar Names, Familiar Faces: Portraiture by Paul Granlund; Our Treasures: Highlights from the Minnesota Museum of American Art; and Selections from the Hillstrom Collection. An opening reception for these exhibits is scheduled on Monday, November 21 (7-9 p.m., with brief comments at 7:30 p.m.). The exhibitions will remain on view through January 27, 2012. Admission to the Hillstrom Museum of Art is free and open to the public.

Reyelts & Schmidt Recital Sunday

Vocalists Erianna Reyelts and Maria Schmidt will open the student recital season at Gustavus with a joint recital on Sunday, November 20 in Jussi Björling Recital. Reyelts will be accompanied by pianist Ruth Webber and Schmidt by pianist Yanna Georgas. This joint student recital will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Woodwind Chamber Concert at Gustavus Sunday

Under the leadership of Karrin Meffert-Nelson, Ann Pesavento, James DeVoll and John Engebretson, six woodwind ensembles of the Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College will present their fall recital Sunday, November 20. This event includes performances by the The Gustavus Flute Choir, the Gustavus Saxophone Quartet, the Ignotum Nomen, the Gustie Winds, the Fyra Winds and the Kalmar Quintet. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Björling Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.

Gustavus Presents Choreographers’ Gallery This Weekend

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to present the innovative, unique and eclectic Choreographers’ Gallery, November 17-20 on the Anderson Theatre stage. This production is directed by Melissa Rolnick and features the work of six talented student choreographers as well as Minneapolis choreographer, Jennifer Glaws. Performances will be presented in Anderson Theatre November 17, 18, and 19 at 8:00 p.m. and November 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Performance Added for Five Times God

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to present the Ethan Bjelland ’12 translation of Swedish playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s Five Times God. Three performances of Bjelland’s senior honors project in translation and direction in the Black Box (November 11 & 12 at 7:00 p.m. and 13 at 2:00 p.m.) are sold out. An additional performance of Five Times God has been added on Friday, November 11 at 10:30 p.m. Seating is limited for the production. Tickets for the additional show will be available online at, by calling 507-933-7590, or at the SAO desk.

MacCarthy Directs Opera Omaha’s Hansel & Gretel

When Opera Omaha opens its new orchestration and production of Englebert Humperdinck’s grand opera, Hansel and Gretel, on November 11, 12, and 13 at the Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska, Gustavus Assistant Professor of Theatre/Dance Henry MacCarthy will be directing the performances.

Jazz At Gustavus Saturday

The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble, directed by Steve Wright, present their combined fall concert Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s performance by the two jazz ensembles will be presented in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The fall jazz concert at Gustavus is free and open to the public. The Adolphus […]