‘College Relations’ Category
Saturday was a busy day in Roma. There’s so much to see and do in this ancient metropolis, but the reason this post comes a day later is not due to too much sight seeing but because the local Internet was down for at least 16 hours. (You see, Italy has a different sense of […]
After 26 and 1/2 hours of travel, the Gustavus Choir and Companion Tour contingent, totaling 77, is in Rome! The route to this 2,700-year-old capital city included a bus ride from the scenic Minnesota River Valley to the Twin Cities, a flight into the Windy City, a 7.5-hour ride on a Lufthansa 747 (with more […]
Made it to O’hare and getting on the flight for Frankfurt. Ciao for now!
In the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 7, a broadcast journalist with KEYC-TV (Mankato, Ch. 12) came to campus to catch the choir in rehearsal for its Italy tour and also interviewed Conductor Greg Aune and Gustavus Choir President Sam Grace. The produced story, below, aired on the 6 p.m. news tonight, Saturday, Jan. 8. http://www.keyc.tv/node/45890
In true liberal arts fashion, the Gustavus Choir students are learning how different subjects interrelate. In class on Thursday, Jan. 6, Chaplain Brian Johnson showed art and music timelines leading up to and into the Renaissance. Looking at the artistic creations of the time in political, social, and religious context shows the interconnectedness. Learn more […]
The Gustavus Choir members are learning some “heady” stuff — all in preparation for spending time in the Italian culture. Yesterday, aesthetic theory, the practice of seeing, and perception were discussed. Referring to sections from aesthetic theorist James Elkins’ book The Object Stares Back, the class contemplated philosophical questions, such as “What is Beauty?” and […]
The Gustavus Choir begins its study of the Italian Renaissance and 17-musical pieces in preparation for its 2011 International Tour in Italy this month.
Day 12 – Vienna Writing about our visit to Vienna in a few short paragraphs, especially about the experiences of 75 musicians, is an impossibility. Around us are centuries of history in the buildings, architecture, concert halls, theatres, opera houses, museums and parks, each of which deserves its own story. After a tour around and […]
Having been officially on tour for several days now, a routine is falling into place. Receiving wake up calls, traveling with a bus full of entertaining band mates, and going through the preparations for a concert are a part of everyday life on a tour with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra. By no means, however, is this routine predictable. In fact, it is just the opposite. We are in a routine of waking up and knowing that each day will likely be greeted with the unexpected, unfamiliar, and exciting discoveries and adventures to be had in Europe, such as crosswalks frequently without lights at busy intersections, narrow streets, and trying to convert liters, Celsius, military time, and various forms of currency.
Whew! Day one: immigration. Day two: gay marriage. Just call Gustavus a hotbed of political discussion this January! Today I attended Dr. Kate Stenger’s class, The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage. The students in this class, and perhaps not surprisingly given the topic, are extremely engaged. In fact I would go as far as to say […]