Just short of a year ago, Kate Nordstrum was named executive and artistic director of the Great Northern. Co-founded by Eric Dayton with the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships and the City of Lakes Loppet, the Great Northern celebrates winter in the cities with original programming and a focus on climate change.
Nordstrum knows original programming. It’s what she did for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra when she ran Liquid Music, a series she invented and brought to national prominence. It’s what she did before then at the Southern Theater and her own Kate Nordstrum Projects, and afterward with her curatorial collective Infinite Palette and in partnership with arts and culture organizations across the U.S., from the Kennedy Center to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
So we thought, if anyone can make winter in Minnesota more interesting, especially for those of