Artist Series

Kurt Elling: Dedicated to You
with the Laurence Hobgood Trio

Kurt Elling

Homecoming, Saturday, October 10, 2009
8 p.m.
Jussi Björling Recital Hall

Widely recognized as the leading male jazz vocalist of our time, six-time Grammy nominee and Gustavus alumnus Kurt Elling returns to Gustavus with the Laurence Hobgood Trio for this special Homecoming and Family Weekend musical treat. With his newest recording, Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, at the top of the jazz charts and with both Downbeat magazine and the Jazz Journalists Association selection as male jazz vocalist of the year (again), the 41-year old Elling continues to evolve the art of the jazz vocalist and amaze his audiences around the world. As Britain’s Sunday Times headline declared on July 20, 2009, “Jazz singing doesn’t come much better than this.” We agree and are pleased to bring Kurt home one more time.

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  • $20.00 Adults
  • $17.00 Senior Citizens, Students (Ages 4–18), Gustavus Faculty/Staff
  • $8.00 Gustavus Students (limit 1 with ID)

Michael Johnson in Concert: 4 Decades of Music

Michael Johnson

Friday, December 11, 2009
8 p.m.
Jussi Björling Recital Hall

Beginning with April 20, 1968 and the days of The Mitchell/ Trio of Denver, Boise and Johnson, Michael Johnson has appeared (almost) annually on the Gustavus campus. Singer, guitarist, songwriter and storyteller, Michael has written and recorded such hits as Bluer Than Blue, Give Me Wings, That’s That, and performed with a depth and heart that comes only from years of dedication to the art of music. Billboard Magazine calls him a “dazzling guitarist and a wonderfully expressive singer.” Amy Kurland of Nashville’s Bluebird Café writes that Michael is “one of the greatest and most sensitive guitar players I know. His singing is warm and captivating and his songs are the best.” With over 40 years of performances on the Gustavus campus, we simply call him our friend. Don’t miss this annual celebration of music with Michael Johnson.

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  • $20.00 Adults
  • $17.00 Senior Citizens, Students (Ages 4–18), Gustavus Faculty/Staff
  • $8.00 Gustavus Students (limit 1 with ID)

Cuarteto Latinoamericano:
A Latin-American Evening of Music

Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Monday, February 15, 2010
7 p.m.
Jussi Björling Recital Hall

Cuarteto Latinoamericano, formed in 1982, is recognized worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. This award-winning ensemble from Mexico has toured throughout the Americas and Europe and has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Dallas Symphony and the Símón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, and was quartet-in-residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh from 1988 until 2008.

The Cuarteto consists of the three Bitrán brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón and cellist Alvaro , along with violist Javier Montiel and has recorded most of the Latin American repertoire for string quartet. The sixth volume of their Villa-Lobos 17 quartets cycle was nominated for a Grammy award in 2002 in the field of Best Chamber Music Recording as well as for a Latin Grammy. We are pleased to bring the quartet to Jussi Björling Recital Hall on February 15, 2010.

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  • $20.00 Adults
  • $17.00 Senior Citizens, Students (Ages 4–18), Gustavus Faculty/Staff
  • $8.00 Gustavus Students (limit 1 with ID)

* Tickets available online at www.gustavustickets.com or by calling 507-933-7590. Tickets unsold on the day of the performance will go on sale one hour prior to concert time.