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MSU Honors Musicale takes place at Tippet Rise

When Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee became Dean of the Honors College at Montana State University in 2009, she began what has since become a beloved MSU tradition: the Honors Musicale. Short for soirée musicale, French for “musical evening,” the word “musicale” stems from the late 19th century tradition of informal, music-centered gatherings in the salons and drawing rooms of music-lovers’ homes. On Saturday, October 14, Dean Lee brought the Honors Musicale to the cozy confines of the Olivier Music Barn at Tippet Rise. The event showcased the talents of Honors College students and faculty, including cellist David Kirk, pianist Benjamin Carroll, violist Madeleine Price, and violinists Cami Kohler, Elliot Harrison, and John Schlender who played works by Franz Liszt, Max Bruch, and Mark O’Connor. Actors Keegan Grady and Sarah Amish performed works by William Shakespeare. Dean Lee, an accomplished cellist and pianist, performed selections from J.S. Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello as well as a composition of her own, Klavierles Met Tannie Barbara. Anchoring the program was a beautiful rendition of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by MSU Professor of History Robert Rydell. It was an extraordinary event and we are grateful for our collaboration with Dean Lee and the MSU Honors College.

Two recordings from Tippet Rise heard nationwide this month on Performance Today

In October, two recordings from Tippet Rise were featured on Performance Today, the award-winning classical music show from American Public Media. On Friday, October 6, Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley, who performed together in the Olivier Music Barn in July of 2016, were heard playing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14. The spot aired again on Performance Today’s weekend program. On Tuesday, October 10, a recording of pianist Jenny Chen playing Franz Liszt’s Rhapsodie Espagnole, S.254, R.90 was aired.

Recordings from Tippet Rise have been featured on Performance Today multiple times since the art center’s debut on the show last December. Broadcast on almost 300 public radio stations across the country, Performance Today is the most listened-to classical music program in the United States. For access to these and other recordings from Tippet Rise, visit the link below and click on “Episodes.”

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Tippet Rise Art Center is located in Fishtail, Montana, on Highway 78 just off Interstate 90 between Billings and Bozeman and a few hours north of Yellowstone National Park.
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