Kate Nordstrum was named Executive and Artistic Director of The Great Northern—a 10-day festival that celebrates winter culture in Minneapolis and Saint Paul in an era of climate change—in December 2019. An “innovative impresario” (Pioneer Press) and “storied matchmaker” (Star Tribune) of artistic programming, Nordstrum also owns and manages Liquid Music (New York Times' “Best of Classical”), is co-founder/director of curatorial collective Infinite Palette, and produced the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s celebrated Fluxus Festival at its centennial. Named "Best Independent Producer" by the Star Tribune, Nordstrum's current/recent projects include copresentations and partnerships with the Walker Art Center, National Gallery of Art, Cincinnati Symphony, MASS MoCA, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, On Being, Baryshnikov Arts Center, LA Philharmonic, Palm Springs Art Museum, Bedroom Community, New Amsterdam Records, Symphony Space, and American Swedish Institute. Nordstrum’s previous employers include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City Center, and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (where Liquid Music was founded in 2012). Nordstrum has been widely praised for her programmatic vision and catholic tastes, with media outlets describing her as “the most adventurous music curator in town” (MinnPost), “a presenter of rare initiative” (Star Tribune), and "Twin Cities' curatorial powerhouse with international pull” (Minnesota Public Radio). Her work in the field of performing arts planning and communications is extensive.