Boston Brass 2016


The popular music of John Williams, coupled with the historic quality of John Rutter, added to virtuosic soloists with Spanish music will be the basic ingredients of the Sunday, October 30, 2016 3:00 p.m. Concert at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater, MN.   The “Collage of Sounds”, will feature pre-concert selection by Julliard graduate Charles Asch on cello, Phil Kadidlo in the lobby during intermission, and a post-concert dinner  (reservations required) at the Lowell Inn.

Music will include “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” from Sister Act and the John Rutter “Gloria” featuring Carol Carver and the Trinity Choir with the Boston Brass.  The SCVSO, directed by Dr. Kris Tjornehoj, will delight the audience with movie selections.  Collaborative works include “Sounds of the Cinema”, “and “Tango Apasionado” featuring the works of Astor Piazzolla.  Boston Brass artists include Jeff Conner and Jose Biaja, trumpet; Chris Castellanos, horn; Domingo Pagliuca, trombone, and Jose Sibaja, trumpet.

For 29 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. From exciting classical arrangements, to burning jazz standards, and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment, which captivates all ages. The ensemble's lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Through over 100 performances each year, the members of Boston Brass play to audiences at concerts, educational venues and jazz festivals. In addition to solo performances, Boston Brass regularly performs with orchestras, bands, organ, jazz bands and a variety of other ensembles. They have performed in 49 states and 30 countries and have conducted master classes around the world including sessions and residencies at the Eastman School of Music, The Julliard School, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, Royal Academy of Music in London, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore and Mahidol University in Bangkok.

Bluegrass! 2016

Tim May and Gretchen Priest-May join conductor Kris Tjornehoj and the St Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra for a foot-tapping afternoon of fun.

May 1st in Hastings, MN. Please join us!

Tim May and Gretchen Priest May

Classics of Europe with Skip and Natalia

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Music Department presents the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m in CLASSICS OF EUROPE.    Join Dr. Kristin Tjornehoj, director with special guests Layton “Skip” James, harpsichord and Natalia Moiseeva, violin in Vivaldi’s Four Season:  Winter and Spring.   The musicians will also perform J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and  L'Arlésienne by George Bizet.  These classic selections will delight audience members of all ages.

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Holiday Extravaganza 2015

Conductor Kris Tjornehoj will lead the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra with the Shepherd Choir in concert Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Afton.

The Holiday Extravaganza features collaborations between choir and orchestra, guest soloists, and a sing-along for audience members. The program will include All is Well, Still, Still, Still, Go Tell it on the Mountain, The First Noel, and One Amazing Night and more. This concert is free and open to the public with donations requested to the SCVSO. There will be a reception of holiday cookies following the event.

The Shepherd of the Valley Choir is in its 30th season under the direction of Tjornehoj. This group performs weekly and presents collaborative concerts in December (SCVSO) and April (Sheldon Theatre Brass Band).

Tjornehoj received her degree in music from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, with a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. earned from the University of Minnesota. She has led the SCVSO in a variety of concerts throughout the valley featuring guest artists from around the world, including Irish tenor Anthony Kearns (November, 2015). Her passion for supporting the creation of new music has resulted in over 15 commissions. Tjornehoj is a professor at UW-River Falls where she leads the Symphony Band, teaches music education related courses, and serves in leadership as the chair of the music department. This spring she will lead a world music class in Edinburgh, London and Paris. Her newly formed Three Rivers Concert Band will perform and tour Budapest, Vienna and Prague in June, 2016.