Liquid Music

Presenter / Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Kate Nordstrum, curator

In response to a demand for new and diverse chamber music programming, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and curator Kate Nordstrum launched Liquid Music in the fall of 2012. Named "Best of Classical" by The New York Times, the series welcomes adventurous audiences with intimate venues and non-traditional concert formats. After an extremely successful first four seasons that featured artists such as Ben Frost, Laurie Anderson, Saul Williams, Steven Mackey, Zola Jesus, Tim Hecker, Miranda Cuckson, Hauschka, Timo Andres, Caroline Shaw, Jace Clayton (DJ/rupture), s t a r g a z e, Polica, Tristan Perich, Vicky Chow, Third Coast Percussion, Glenn Kotche, Hilary Hahn, Sufjan Stevens, Oneohtrix Point Never, Helado Negro, Ensemble Dal Niente, Serengeti, Mivos Quartet, Daniel Wohl, My Brightest Diamond and Devendra Banhart, Liquid Music will begin its most exciting and high-caliber season yet in September 2016. The 2016.17 season will consist of eight unique projects (plus one virtual residency) that encompass the works of various high-profile and emerging virtuosic artists from throughout the United States and beyond, as well as the Twin Cities’ and SPCO’s finest instrumentalists. Concerts will be hosted in several venues throughout the Twin Cities intentionally chosen to complement each unique program.

Liquid Music allows developing, established, and even iconic artists to sow creative seeds and create powerful new work, explore unlikely collaborations across genre and disciplinary lines, showcase their ideas in fresh format, and, through collaborating with one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, receive public acknowledgment from fellow artists and leading arts professionals. Liquid Music promises to catalyze the development of lasting relationships between composers, artists, and the SPCO—relationships that acknowledge artists’ breadth of work and encourage diversity of presentation size, scale, and content.


  • Founded: 2012
  • Number of events per year: 10 ~ 12