St. Croix Valley Orchestra gives winter concerts

Laura Turpin, Janette Cysewski and Diane Wiik are featured in Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto.”

The St. Croix Valley Orchestra will open its 22nd season with winter concerts at several locations.

This full-chamber orchestra draws 30 musicians from a large area, extending from Wyoming and Hugo in Minnesota to Turtle Lake and Grantsburg in Wisconsin.

The concert celebrates sacred and secular music of the season. Featured on the program is Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto,” with soloists Janette Cysewski of Amery and Diane Wiik of Taylors Falls on violin and Laura Turpin of St. Croix Falls on cello.

There will also be a medley of Scandinavian Christmas hymns, “Waltz of the Flowers” from the Nutcracker Ballet, “March of the Toys” from Babes in Toyland, selections from Leroy Anderson and others.

The first concert was Sunday, Nov. 25, part of the three-day Lighting Festival in Taylors Falls.

Next weekend there will be concerts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 at First United Methodist Church, 30828 Irene Ave. in Lindström, and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the United Methodist Church, 6500 Main Street in North Branch.

If you enjoy live music by local musicians, come to this introduction to the Christmas season. Admission is free but a free-will donation will be collected, with a suggested donation of $5.

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