On Monday, Nov. 20, the St. Olaf Philharmonia performed its annual fall concert in the nearly complete Boe Chapel under the direction of Interim Conductor Dr. J. Robert Hanson. Parents, students and faculty filled the audience for the 90-minute performance of five selections.
The Norseman Band, under the conduction of Paul Niemesto, presented a service of thanks and remembrance in Boe Chapel on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Their traditional Thanksgiving send-off featured a selection of meditative pieces inviting the audience to stop and reflect before taking off into the chaos of the holidays.
Though Sam Miltich is no gypsy - he grew up in Grand Rapids, Minn. - he and his band introduced St. Olaf to gypsy jazz, a genre that combines Eastern European and American Swing music, on Tuesday evening in the Pause. Mark Kreitzer on rhythm guitar and upright bassists Matthew Miltich, Sam Miltich's father, provided the solid beats underneath Sam Miltich's lead guitar.
The Valhalla Band marked its 10-year anniversary with a concert in Boe Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 18. Aptly titled "EPIC," the ambitious program featured an eclectic mix of established classics and rare gems ranging from Bach to a St. Olaf original making its debut. Though at times it was clear the band was overreaching its abilities as it tackled the technically demanding repertoire, it nonetheless demonstrated why Valhalla has established an identity of its own over the past decade as one of the stalwarts of St. Olaf's rich musical tradition.