The Gustavus Artist Series


Works by Michal Sagar: The Beginning of the Third Dream

October 1 – 30, 2015 (Schaefer Gallery)
Artist Lecture: October 1, 2015, 4:00 p.m., Fine Arts Lecture Hall next to Schaefer Gallery.
Opening Reception: October 1, 2015, 5:00 p.m., Schaefer Gallery

Admission to Schaefer Gallery is free. Tickets or advance registration are not required. The Schaefer Gallery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This exhibition of works by Michal Sagar, The Beginning of the Third Dream, highlights aspects of the artist’s work spanning twenty years.

In her artist statement, Sagar writes, “If the first dream begins at birth, and the second involves coming to terms with early life, the third dream is of one’s own making. The artwork exhibited in the two lower galleries deals with themes of identity and heritage; while my most recent series on the top floor, stems from a desire to tap into vital, living images.

These works on paper began by drawing directly from fragments of ancient European sculptures. Intrigued by the dynamic energy still residing in the damaged pieces of stone, I saw in their broken beauty not only the history of what they once were, but also a resonant potential.

As I worked on my initial drawings a surprising element emerged — that of an African wild dog. I viewed these two potentially antagonistic forces — the remnants of a Classical European male and an endangered African painted dog — as players in a struggle seeking a new balance. Responding to the nature in each, I imbued both figures with a sentient quality.

While developing this work I ask myself two questions. Is the image alive? Does it elicit multiple meanings simultaneously? With these queries in mind, I improvise throughout the working process — erasing, dissolving, and redirecting compositions until the images register vitality, yet never completely resolve.”

Organist Kalevi Kiviniemi and Jukka Pietila, cantorOrganist Kalevi Kiviniemi, organ & Jukka Pietilä, cantor, in Concert

October 16, 7:30 p.m.  (Christ Chapel)

Tickets: $12 adults general admission, $9 for senior citizens, students and Gustavus staff, one free ticket to Gustavus student with ID

Finland’s renowned concert organist Kalevi Kiviniemi and cantor Jukka Pietilä include a concert appearance at Gustavus as part of their 2015 North American tour which includes concerts in Canada as well as Minnesota and Wisconsin. With the support of the Finlandia Foundation of Minnesota, the Gustavus Artist Series is pleased to bring this acclaimed organist and cantor to Gustavus. Internationally-recognized as one of the finest organists in the world today, concert organist Kalevi Kiviniemi is one of Finland’s most active musicians and one of its most honored. Jukka Pietilä, a graduate of the Sibelius Academy, is the lead cantor/soloist at the Cathedral in Turku, Finland – the “Mother Church” and birthplace of Christianity in Finland – and also the heart of the Swedish speaking population in Finland.

Voz en Punto – Mexico’s Premiere Vocal Ensemble – in Concert

November 16       7:30 p.m.  (Jussi Björling Recital Hall)

Tickets: $12 adults general admission, $9 for senior citizens, students and Gustavus staff, one free ticket to Gustavus student with ID

If you blend of the Real Group, Manhattan Transfer and King’s Singers, you’ll get the a cappella Mexican vocal jazz ensemble Voz en Punto. With fans from Ward Swingle to Bobby McFerrin, Voz en Punto has been wowing audiences around the world with its technical perfection and a sophisticated and humorous performance. Of Voz en Punto, King’s Singer’s tenor and arranger Bob Chilcott wrote, “I love the group, a beautiful performance, It was very special for me… great arrangements, very, very well sung. Keep going and keep making people happy. Voz en Punto does that when they sing!!!”