UMN - TC School of Music Announces new Partnership with Liquid Music and Northrop

Liquid Music X Northrop

School of Music students will soon benefit from exciting new educational opportunities in the coming years. UMN - TC Music, Northrop, and Liquid Music—one of the Twin Cities’ most vibrant arts organizations—are pleased to announce a new, ongoing partnership to present dynamic performances by exceptional artists from around the world on the Northrop stage.

University of Minnesota School of Music Director Patrick Warfield notes, “Liquid Music has long been recognized as an innovative leader in contemporary music, and this partnership with the University of Minnesota will allow our School of Music students and faculty additional opportunities to work alongside world-class performers, composers, and producers. It demonstrates the ways in which Northrop is dedicated to expanding experiences for University of Minnesota students, and will open new doors for reimagining musical careers across genre and style and will allow our students to engage deeply with the amazing Twin Cities community that gave rise to Liquid Music. We could not be prouder or more excited by this partnership."

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 special performances that will present new and unique perspectives to students. 

Northrop’s historic pipe organ, Aeolian-Skinner Opus 892, will play a central role in this new series, which will include composers and musicians exploring the limits of the instrument to sublime effect. The series will also feature new work by music creators and choreographers, augmenting Northrop’s robust dance programming with interdisciplinary projects that highlight the power of adventurous genre exploration and afford opportunities for Twin Cities audiences to experience new works at various and multiple stages of the creative process.

Locally founded, 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 adventurous 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.

More details on the initiative’s first projects 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

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