Justin Vernon and TU Dance collaborating for Liquid Music’s 2017-2018 season

TU Dance teamed up with Justin Vernon for the 2017-2018 season of Liquid Music // Photo by Brandon Stengel

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s genre-bending Liquid Music Series will continue to keep the good times flowing as their impressive lineup of innovative projects with iconoclastic artists makes waves into 2017–2018 season.

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver is collaborating with TU Dance for three performances in April 2018 at the renovated Palace Theater. The performances will feature new music by Vernon and choreography from Uri Sands. “I feel so inspired by the prospect of collaborating with Uri on new work; it’ll be a brand new experience for me,” Vernon said in a statement. “After seeing TU Dance in top form at a recent recital, I know that the experience will be both positively challenging and extremely rewarding for all involved.”

Son Lux guitarist Rafiq Bhatia kicks off the series’ sixth season in October, joining forces with Minneapolis-based artist Michael Cina and video artist Hal Lovemelt for an immersive multimedia experience.

Also on the docket will be violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, making her Liquid Music debut, as well as violinist and composer Emily Wells at the Machine Shop in Minneapolis. Come February, Anna Meredith brings her maximalist compositions, while Nathalie Joachim, and Brian Harnetty bring their artistic chops to fill the 2018 lineup. In May of 2018, six of New York’s most accomplished classical pianists will join the Liquid Music ranks as the “supergroup,” Grand Band, performing alongside Brooklyn composer and pianist Missy Mazzoli.

Through novel collaborations between artists, musicians, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra players, Liquid Music invites audiences “to discover the new and the fascinating with the flourishing landscape of contemporary chamber music.”