The SPCO Liquid Music Series Adds Performance for TU Dance and Bon Iver

The SPCO Liquid Music Series Adds Performance for TU Dance and Bon Iver Electrifying contemporary dance company TU Dance, known for navigating complex themes of social change "with variety and innovation" (Star Tribune) and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, whose "rustic chamber pop with an experimental edge" (Pitchfork) and "hyper-modern balladeering" (The Guardian) has garnered Grammy Awards and significant international acclaim, come together in an unprecedented collaboration of local powerhouses. Taking place in the newly restored Palace Theatre in Saint Paul, in evening performances Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21, 2018, commission features new music from Vernon as well as new choreography from TU Dance's "incredible polyrhythmic genius" (Star Tribune) Uri Sands. Due to popular demand, the SPCO has scheduled a fourth performance on the afternoon of April 21.

The artists have been developing the work together at the TU Dance Center in Saint Paul, April Base in Eau Claire, WI, and will be in residence at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, late March to prepare for the Liquid Music premiere.

Vernon expressed his excitement for the project stating, "I feel so inspired in collaborating with Uri on new work. I know that the experience will be both positively challenging and extremely rewarding for all involved."

"I've always found the music of Bon Iver and Uri's choreography to possess a unique sensibility," explained Toni Pierce-Sands (TU Dance). "Yet what is most compelling for me about this collaboration is how their artistry together-in the studio-seems to tap the emotional core of my existence. I can only imagine what the audience might experience."

"It was an honor to introduce these incredible artists, who clicked from the start," said the SPCO's Liquid Music curator Kate Nordstrum. "The possibilities continue to reveal themselves in their work together - it is a beautiful, transcendent thing to witness."


TU Dance

Uri Sands

Toni Pierce-Sands

Bon Iver

Justin Vernon


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Doors at 6:30pm | Performance at 7:30pm

Friday, April 20, 2018

Doors at 7:00pm | Performance at 8:00pm

Saturday, April 21, 2018 NEW PERFORMANCE ADDED

Doors at 1:00pm | Performance at 2:00pm

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Doors at 7:00pm | Performance at 8:00pm

Palace Theatre, Saint Paul

TICKETS: $45/$35/$25 ($38 for SPCO/Liquid Music subscribers) | 651.291.1144

Please note: An afternoon performance has been added on April 21. The three evening performances are currently sold out. To be notified if additional tickets become available visit the etix website (links below) and enter your email.
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April 21, 7 p.m.:

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series, named "Best of Classical" by The New York Times, develops innovative new projects with iconoclastic artists in unique presentation formats. Liquid Music performances invite adventurous audiences to discover the new and the fascinating within the flourishing landscape of contemporary chamber music.

Renowned for its artistic excellence, remarkable versatility of musical styles and adventurous programming, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Now in its 59th season, the SPCO has recently undergone transformational change with the opening of its new home, the Ordway Concert Hall, the addition of a new generation of players, and significant changes in its artistic vision. The SPCO is primarily an unconducted ensemble that performs a broad range of repertoire from Baroque to new music and works in close collaboration with a diverse series of artistic partners, including British Baroque specialist Jonathan Cohen, American pianist Jeremy Denk, Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst, Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Past Artistic Partners include Roberto Abbado, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Joshua Bell, Douglas Boyd, Nicholas McGegan, Stephen Prutsman, Dawn Upshaw and Christian Zacharias.

The virtuoso musicians of the SPCO present more than 130 concerts and educational programs in the Twin Cities each year. The orchestra also reaches more than 250,000 listeners annually through its free online Concert Library, and has recently begun offering both live and on-demand videos of concerts that can be viewed anytime, anywhere, on any device, completely free of charge. The SPCO is regularly heard on public radio programs that reach more than 2 million listeners each week on over 300 stations. Additionally, the SPCO has released 67 recordings, commissioned 148 new works, and tours nationally and internationally, including performances in premier venues in Europe, Asia and South America.

The SPCO is nationally recognized for its commitment to broad community accessibility, its innovative audience outreach efforts, and its educational and family programming. Regular subscription series are performed in a variety of different venues across the Twin Cities metropolitan area each season, a unique commitment to geographic accessibility for a major orchestra. The SPCO offers the most affordable tickets of any major orchestra in the United States, with over 50 percent of tickets available for $15 or less, and has expanded accessibility even further by offering free tickets for children and students starting in the 2016.17 season as a part of the New Generation Initiative. The orchestra also offers an innovative ticket membership model in which members pay $7 per month to attend unlimited concerts. The SPCO's award-winning CONNECT education program reaches over 5,000 students and teachers annually in 12 Minneapolis and Saint Paul public schools, and its Target Free Family Music program provides engaging and educational experiences for thousands of Twin Cities children and families each year. The SPCO's Liquid Music Series (named "Best of Classical" by The New York Times) develops innovative new projects with iconoclastic artists in unique presentation formats and invites adventurous audiences to discover the new and the fascinating within the flourishing landscape of contemporary chamber music.

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