Following funder shift, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to drop Liquid Music series

Posted on: May 13, 2019

“Corporations including Target, Wells Fargo and 3M are shifting their funding away from the grants many arts organizations have come to rely on,” writes Pamela Espeland in Friday’s (5/10) Minn Post (Minneapolis, MN). “Faced with a loss of $230,000-$300,000 in annual operating support for next year and beyond, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will no longer sponsor the Liquid Music Series except for three projects that will take place next season. It will cut three staff positions including that of Kate Nordstrum, Liquid Music’s curator for the past seven seasons. Starting in the 2019-20 season, it will no longer offer Fanfare pre-concert discussions. Jon Limbacher, the orchestra’s managing director and president, said in an email to SPCO patrons: …  ‘Liquid Music has great value and deep support in our community…. While we are no longer able to support it financially, we are confident it will continue to thrive in its next phase under Kate’s leadership.’ … In a press release … Nordstrum said: ‘Liquid Music has had a tremendous run at The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra…. With the SPCO, Liquid Music presented 33 world premieres, 28 Minnesota premieres, commissioned 30 new works and saw 12 projects become albums.’ ”

Posted May 13, 2019