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The St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra is directed by Kris Tjornehoj, a UW-River Falls music professor and Hudson resident. The orchestra is comprised of college students and community members from the greater St. Croix Valley.

St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra performs tonight at Lakefront Park band shell

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The St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra will give a river-themed concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Lakefront Park band shell in Hudson.

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The concert is part of the Riverfest celebration under way in the city. It will include a performance of "The St. Croix Suite," a tribute to the river with music by singer/composer Carol Caouette and original poetry by Laurie Allman.

The orchestra, directed by UW-River Falls music professor and Hudson resident Kris Tjornehoj, is comprised of college students and community members from the greater St. Croix Valley.

Metro Brass also will perform Thursday night, and "Scrappy the Splashing Bass," a seven-foot sculpture created last year by Twin Cities artist Mary Johnson using rebar and salvaged metal, will be on display.

Each year, community volunteers and students in The Phipps Summer Art Camp work with Johnson and local artists to transform trash collected from the river into new "skin" for Scrappy to wear.

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