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Announcing the 2023 concert season at Tippet Rise!

March 7, 2023

We are delighted to announce the complete program details of our 2023 concert season. Taking place over five weeks, from August 18 to September 17, the season features an exciting roster of debut and returning artists performing dynamic repertoire, including six world premieres of Tippet Rise commissions. 

In addition to performances inside the Olivier Music Barn and the open-air Will’s Shed, the 2023 concert season marks the start of a new Wander series, offering two concerts that move musicians and audiences between different monumental works of art, as well as two concerts that will take place at Ensamble Studio's Domo. Tippet Rise has also begun construction on a new, remote, outdoor performance space, the Geode, designed by Arup, which will be used for future pop-up chamber music concerts.

“The 2023 season will lead to extraordinary encounters with music and art, from the incredible range of performers and repertoire that our Artistic Advisor Pedja Mužijević has so brilliantly woven together, and the ways our new Wander concert series brings music directly to the mountaintop, to the two new sculptures being installed by seminal artists Louise Nevelson and Alexander Liberman,” said Cathy and Peter Halstead, co-founders of Tippet Rise Art Center. “Our new project Geode continues our experiments in optimizing the acoustics of open-air music performance. It will be the only place you can hear indoor acoustics outdoors, surrounded by mountains.”


A conceptual drawing shows a future pop-up chamber music performance at the Geode by Arup. Photo by Willem Boning ©Arup.

The 2023 Concert Season
Tippet Rise continues its commitment to supporting the creation of new works by featuring six world premieres of compositions as part of the Tippet Rise commissions series. During the first concert weekend, violinist Gidon Kremer, in his Tippet Rise debut, and pianist Yulianna Avdeeva perform Three Serenades for Violin and Piano (2019) by Valentyn Silvestrov. Avdeeva also performs the world premiere of Silvestrov’s Five Bagatelles for Solo Piano (2020). The following weekends, Tippet Rise Artistic Advisor and pianist Pedja Mužijević joins violinist Rebecca Anderson for her Tippet Rise debut to premiere Three Waltzes of the Moment for Violin and Piano (2019). Pianist and debut artist Anna Geniushene performs Four Pieces for Piano (2020) – the seventh of ten works commissioned by Tippet Rise from Silvestrov, Ukraine’s leading living composer.

As part of the Wander series, our friends from Sandbox Percussion perform the world premieres of two works for percussion ensemble, written by composers Amy Beth Kirsten and Douglas J. Cuomo in response to artist Mark di Suvero’s sculptures Beethoven’s Quartet and Proverb at Tippet Rise and in celebration of the artist’s 90th birthday.

“This season at Tippet Rise will be one of our most wide-ranging to date, celebrating diversity of artistic expression both in composers and performers” said artistic advisor Pedja Mužijević. “Our 2023 concerts present extraordinary music by a variety of composers, spanning from Claudia Sessa, a 16th-century Italian nun to 20th-century composer Florence Price and Icelandic composer Veronique Vaka; from American icons like Steve Reich and George Crumb to new voices like Amy Beth Kirsten and Caroline Shaw, standing alongside giants of the past like Mozart and Liszt. We are looking forward to welcoming performers from all stages of their careers, from legendary artists like Gidon Kremer and Richard Goode to young trailblazers, such as Merz Trio and Clayton Stephenson.”

Additional artists making their Tippet Rise debuts include pianist Clayton Stephenson, violinist Madara Pētersone, guitarist JIJI, clarinetist Mark Dover, Brentano String Quartet, Dior Quartet, Imani Winds, Merz Trio, and The Westerlies.

We are also excited to welcome back pianists Jenny Chen, Richard Goode, Sir Stephen Hough; cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir; and flutist Brandon Patrick George.

For detailed descriptions on the concert season’s performances, visit the Events page.

Concert Ticket Information
Tickets for this season’s performances will be available through a randomized drawing, for which registration is required. The registration period opens on our website on Tuesday, March 21 at 12:00 PM Mountain Time and closes on Monday, April 10 at 12:00 PM Mountain Time. Drawing winners will be selected at random on April 11 and notified by email that day. Beginning at 10:00 AM Mountain Time on Wednesday, April 12, winners may purchase up to four tickets to one performance or divide their tickets among multiple performances. Concert tickets are $10 each for adults, free to anyone 21 and under. Registration for the drawing is limited to one entry per person.

Hiking, Biking, and Sculpture Van Tours and New Artworks
Tippet Rise reopens to the public on June 16 for hiking, biking, and van tours of its monumental outdoor sculptures on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Visitors this year can also reserve a new self-guided tour option of the main Cottonwood Campus, featuring access along gentle, family-friendly trails to works by Alexander Calder, Patrick Dougherty, Francis Kéré, Marie Watt, Ai Weiwei, and, upon installation, Louise Nevelson’s Trilogy. Self-guided tours of the art center are free for everyone. Sculpture van tours are priced at $10; free to those under 21. Registration for tours will be available on the art center’s website on April 12 at 10:00 AM. For the latest information on ticketing, please sign up for the Tippet Rise e-newsletter.

Dining at Tippet Rise
Guests are welcome to bring their own provisions to enjoy while out on the trails, or in and around the art center’s Cottonwood Campus. During the concert season, August 18 – September 17, lunch and dinner on Fridays, and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, will again be available for purchase from Will’s Shed by PREROGATIvE Kitchen, a two-time semi-finalist for the prestigious James Beard Awards.

Music Download Library
For anyone eager to experience music from Tippet Rise sooner than this summer, there are several new performances and recordings available in our Music Download Library, including violinist William Hagen performing Ysaÿe’s Sonata No. 5 for Violin and a music video of the work’s second movement, Dance rustique, and our co-founder and pianist Peter Halstead performing works by Schubert, Debussy, Brahms, and Valentyn Silvestrov in “A Concert for Cathy.” We invite you to explore our many recordings online and performances from previous seasons in our Film Library.


Peter Halstead performs “A Concert For Cathy” at the Tiara Acoustic Shell. Photo by Brian Langeliers.