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Announcing Tippet Rise on Tour: August Festival

Announcing Tippet Rise on Tour: August Festival

May 25, 2021

We are so happy to announce our next online classical music extravaganza, Tippet Rise on Tour: August Festival. From Thursday, August 19 to Sunday, August 22, the virtual festival will feature new films that capture gorgeous classical music performances in wonderful and unusual locations across the country, from a tractor barn in Colorado and Ensamble Studio’s Cyclopean House in Massachusetts to the Noguchi Museum in New York City.

“Tippet Rise is delighted to continue its virtual music season with another festival of short performance films,” said Peter and Cathy Halstead, co-founders of Tippet Rise. “We are grateful to the generous cultural organizations which have allowed us to film in their homes. These unexpected spaces add sculptures, exciting architecture, and new outdoor elements to the performances, allowing for a new appreciation of and engagement with beloved works, and extending our idea of where a summer festival can happen, with both old and newly commissioned works.”

Festival Details
Admission to the festival is free and open to everyone. The films will stream each day at 6PM MDT on our Virtual Events page. The first night will kick off with a 5:30PM MDT live “backstage” gathering via Zoom.

Thursday, August 19
At 5:30PM MDT, Tippet Rise artistic advisor, Pedja Mužijević, and the art center’s co-founders, Cathy and Peter Halstead, will host a live Zoom conversation with Ensamble Studio’s Débora Mesa and Antón García Abril. Mesa and Abril are not only the extraordinary visionaries behind the Cyclopean House in Brookline, Massachusetts, here at Tippet Rise they created three much-loved sculptural landmarks: the Domo, the Beartooth Portal, and the Inverted Portal.

At 6PM MDT, violinist Geneva Lewis will perform an eclectic mix of works including Biber’s Passacaglia, Ysaÿe’s Sonata No. 5 in G Major for solo violin, and Kaija Saariaho’s Nocturne. The program was filmed at the Cyclopean House. The evening’s second recording highlights artist Brandon Patrick George, who is the flutist of the Grammy®-nominated Imani Winds, playing Bach’s Partita in A Minor for solo flute, David Lang’s Thorn, and Air by acclaimed Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu, whose legacy includes scores to close to 100 films. This performance was filmed in the Jerome Robbins Theater at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Friday, August 20
Two Tippet Rise favorites, cellist Arlen Hlusko and pianist Jenny Chen, return. Hlusko will showcase new works filmed at the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Queens, New York. The pieces were commissioned during the pandemic via Instagram and composed by Seth Cole, John Conahan, David Jaeger, Michelle Ross, and Nicholas Yandell. Jenny Chen will perform Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 in E Major and his Concert Study No. 3 in D-flat Major, “Un Sospiro,” as well as Chopin’s Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, recorded at the Blue Gallery in Midtown Manhattan in New York City.

Saturday, August 21
The program is devoted to one of Schubert’s masterpiece, his Piano Sonata in B-flat Major played by pianist Anne-Marie McDermott in the most unexpected of places—a tractor barn nestled in Colorado’s Vail Valley.

Sunday, August 22
The New Consort ensemble will perform vocal works by the exiled Syrian composer, poet, and multi-instrumentalist Samih Choukeir arranged by Jordanian composer and vocalist Shireen Abu-Khader, madrigals by Gesualdo and Monteverdi, a piece by American composer Ted Hearne featuring a text from one of the hundreds of thousands military cables referred to as the Iraq War Logs. Pianist and composer Michael Brown closes the festival with a program featuring Chopin’s Impromptu in F-sharp Major, Mendelssohn’s Rondo Capriccioso, Ravel’s Jeux d’eau, Scriabin’s Poème in F-sharp Major, as well as a work of his own composition, Breakup Etude for Right Hand Alone.

Following their premieres, the films will be available to stream on-demand, for free on the Tippet Rise website. On September 4, they will be transferred to our YouTube channel where they will remain available to stream for free.

For more information about the festival, please visit the Tippet Rise Virtual Events page.

Tippet Rise & Friends at Home
The best seats in the house remain in your house also during our monthly online concert series Tippet Rise & Friends at Home, presenting previously unreleased video streams of some of our most treasured concerts from past seasons. Our next streamed concert is June 10, featuring flutist Jessica Sindell, oboist Alex Klein, clarinetist Mark Nuccio, horn player Daniel Hawkins, and bassoonist Frank Morelli. Up next, in July and August, are the Escher String Quartet and pianist Yevgeny Sudbin! For details, please visit our Virtual Events page.

Since Spring 2020, it has been our pleasure to produce or co-produce more than a dozen films. Among them is the full-length documentary Land & Sky, directed by Hamid Shams and co-produced with the Colburn School. In another, Richard Goode performs piano works and reads poetry and Claire Chase performs the world premiere of a new work by Bora Yoon, commissioned by Tippet Rise and the Pnea Foundation. A two-part concert film streaming June 23 and 30 was co-produced by Tippet Rise and the Baryshnikov Arts Center; it features the Aizuri String Quartet performing works by female composers spanning a millennium.

We hope to see you in our virtual concert hall very soon!