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“Best of Classical.” – The New York Times

“Ready for an aural workout? The SPCO’s border-crossing series offers an unmatched introduction to the rising generation of musical creators, in spaces traditional and un-.”  Star Tribune

Welcome to the third season of Liquid Music, a concert series presented by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra that expands the world of classical music through innovative new projects, boundary-defying artists, and unique presentation formats. Liquid Music performances invite adventurous audiences of all ages to discover the new and the fascinating in the colorful landscape of classical music today.

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LIQUID MUSIC SERIES TICKETS

Mix and match four or more concerts to create your own customized series starting at just $40.  All subscribers receive 2 free ticket vouchers for best available seats to a regular SPCO concert (up to an $80 value). Order a series by calling the SPCO Ticket Office at 651.291.1144.

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THIRD COAST PERCUSSION AND GLENN KOTCHE: Wild Sound — SOLD OUT

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Composer/percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco) joins Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion for Kotche’s Wild Sound, an expansive piece written for the group that sees the onstage construction and destruction of custom-designed instruments. With music by Steve Reich and Glenn Kotche. Wild Sound is commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the SPCO’s Liquid Music series.

“One of the hottest new music groups around just keeps getting hotter.”
– Chicago Tribune on Third Coast Percussion

“In the hands of a musician like Glenn, the drum set is a one-man percussion orchestra.” – John Luther Adams

Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 7:00pm – SOLD OUT
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 7:30pm – SOLD OUT
The Music Room at SPCO Center
Tickets: $15 ($10 Liquid Music subscribers)

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DAWN OF MIDI AND NILS FRAHM — SOLD OUT

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Berlin-based keyboardist Nils Frahm and instrumental trio Dawn of Midi each perform their intricately rhythmic music, sharing an evening that explores the interplay between extremes of sonic simplicity and complexity.

“Cannot urge you more strongly: Go see Dawn of Midi ” – The New Yorker

“The overriding feel [of Frahm’s music] is one of joy at listening to a performer demonstrating the infinite elasticity of sound.” – Pitchfork

Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 7:00pm – SOLD OUT
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Tickets: $15

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Co-presented with the Walker Art Center

JULIA HOLTER AND THE SPEKTRAL QUARTET: Behind the Wallpaper — SOLD OUT

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Avant-pop composer/performer Julia Holter joins Chicago’s Spektral Quartet to add her haunting and ephemeral voice to Behind the Wallpaper, the quartet’s latest commission from composer Alex Temple. With new arrangements of Holter’s own music and a taste of Spektral Quartet’s signature “sampler pack.”

“Nobody else is doing what Holter is doing, and it’s well worth following her lead.” – Boston Globe

Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 7:30pm — SOLD OUT
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Tickets: $15 ($10 Liquid Music subscribers)

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HELADO NEGRO: Island Universe Story — SOLD OUT

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Combining Latin rhythms, electronic beats and classical influences, Helado Negro expands his sound and vision in this exclusive engagement featuring a cadre of all-star collaborators including Lætitia Sadier (Stereolab), Adron, Mikael Jorgenson (Wilco), and Jason Trammell (David Byrne, William Onyeabor) and Minneapolis Music Company. With new arrangements by composers Trey Pollard (Matthew E White Band) and Jason Ajemian (Marc Ribot) for double string quartet, percussion and electronics.

“Helado Negro is among the musicians currently redefining Latino culture worldwide, with music that crosses borders as easily as a diplomatic passport.” – National Public Radio

Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 8:00pm — SOLD OUT
Ordway Concert Hall
Tickets: $15 ($10 Liquid Music subscribers)

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THE MUSIC OF BRYCE DESSNER — SOLD OUT

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Collaborators new and familiar (including Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, and The National’s Ben Lanz) will be present as composer/guitarist Bryce Dessner (The National) draws friends from both the pop and classical worlds to perform his music and theirs, bookended by two significant works by Dessner: Music for Wood and Strings for SŌ Percussion and Lachrimae for chamber orchestra featuring the Minneapolis Music Company and musicians of the SPCO.

“Bryce Dessner is a man who slips in and out of musical guises with disarming ease.” – National Public Radio

Program A: Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 8:00pm — SOLD OUT
Program B: Sat, Apr 4, 2015 at 8:00pm — SOLD OUT

The Walker’s William and Nadine McGuire Theater

Tickets:
$25 ($22 Liquid Music subscribers and Walker members)
$40 ($35) both programs

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Co-presented with the Walker Art Center

VICTOIRE / GLASSER / NOVELLER

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Composer/electric guitarist Noveller, synthpop chanteuse Glasser, and new classical chamber ensemble Victoire join forces for an evening that explores the sonic intersections of woman and machine, manipulation and composition.

“Victoire condense moments of focused beauty and quiet conviction from the pandemic distractions of modern life.” – Pitchfork

“Some artists traverse boundaries. [Noveller’s] work seems to come from a world where they never existed.” – Time Out New York

“Glasser’s lead vocals are buoyant, upfront melodies, approachable yet perfectly polished.” – The New York Times

Sat, May 9, 2015 at 8:00pm 
The Walker’s William and Nadine McGuire Theater
Tickets: $22 ($18 Liquid Music subscribers and Walker members)

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Co-presented with the Walker Art Center

Thank you to our generous Liquid Music
sponsors and partners:

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The Augustine Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
McNally Smith College of Music
American Composers Forum
Walker Art Center