Northrop & Liquid Music Join Forces for Genre-Defying Series

December 7, 2023
Two logos: Liquid Music and Northrop University of Minnesota, Driven to Discover

Northrop and Liquid Music—one of the Twin Cities’ most vibrant arts organizations—announce a new, ongoing partnership to present dynamic performances by exceptional artists from around the world on the Northrop stage. Curated and produced by Liquid Music’s artistic director Kate Nordstrum in collaboration with Northrop, the partnership begins in 2024 and includes the presentation of at least three performances each calendar year for three years. 

The series will feature:

  • An annual project that centers Northop’s historic pipe organ
  • An ambitious and innovative new music and dance project 
  • A wild card project celebrating creative, interdisciplinary, contemporary work

Liquid Music is the celebrated producer of new music projects—and not just run-of-the-mill concerts or events. As MPR put it, Liquid Music “melds genres and blows minds.” The organization is led by Kate Nordstrum, who MinnPost calls “the most adventurous music curator in town.”

An arresting collection of Liquid Music’s projects will now take place in the iconic Northop space on the University of Minnesota campus—serving campus and community with some of the most exciting new work being created and performed anywhere.

“Northrop is delighted to be an institutional partner for Liquid Music, providing staff and venue support for larger scale projects that feed Liquid Music’s voracious listeners and sharpen Northrop’s organ and dance focus,” says Kristen Brogdon, Northrop’s Director of Artistic and Community Programs. “The Twin Cities deserve thrilling and beautiful new work by the most creative minds of our time, and this partnership sits at the heart of our mission to cultivate intersections between performing arts and education.” 

Educational enhancements will include opportunities for students in the University of Minnesota’s School of Music to work with some of today’s most exciting composers.

“The series works best in partnership,” says Nordstrum, “and Liquid Music and Northrop are complementary forces—both passionate about investing in visionary artists' new work and delivering it to hungry audiences.”

The first projects on the menu for those hungry audiences will be announced in January of 2024. To be alerted when the series’ events are revealed and tickets go on sale, join Northrop’s Email Club