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Previewing the 2023 Summer Season at Tippet Rise

December 6, 2022

As we approach the end of the year, we are delighted to share with you a preview of the 2023 summer season at Tippet Rise, which will run from June 16 – September 17, as well as several exciting ways you can interact with the art center in the coming months. Please read on for details.

New Artworks in the Landscape
The number of artworks installed throughout Tippet Rise continues to grow, and next summer will see the addition of monumental sculptures by two seminal artists. Made of red-painted steel, the 40-foot-tall sculpture_ Archway II_ (1984/2016) by Alexander Liberman (1912-1999) will frame the land at Tippet Rise, serving as a metaphorical gateway to the Beartooth Mountain range in the distance. The work is illustrative of Liberman’s lifelong fascination with sacred spaces, and the arches and altars people pass through to enter them. Trilogy (1978) by Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) is a three-piece, large-scale abstract sculpture made of cor-ten, steel, and aluminum. It will be placed within a short walking distance of the Olivier Music Barn on Tippet Rise’s main Cottonwood Campus, separated by a small ridge and installed in a valley on its own. Towering more than forty feet high at its tallest point and extending twelve feet in diameter, the work evokes a family unit or a trio of entities in varied stages of growth and development.

We are so proud that these new artworks will join those already sited throughout our 12,500-acre ranch and our central Cottonwood Campus, including a new large-scale textile work by artist Marie Watt titled Companion Species (Floating and Held) (2022), which was installed within the Olivier Music Barn’s Visitor Center during the 2022 concert season.


Summer Concerts Indoors and Out
Tippet Rise’s eighth concert season will run for five weeks from August 18 through September 17 and present 15 performances, beginning with the thrilling return of pianist Sir Stephen Hough. We will also welcome many new artists to our concert spaces for their Tippet Rise debuts, such as pianists Anna Geniushene, 2022 Cliburn Silver Medalist, and Clayton Stephenson, the first Black finalist at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2022 and a 2022 Gilmore Young Artist. The sought-after guitarist JIJI will offer a varied program including works by the late Spanish composer Antón García-Abril, father of Ensamble Studio’s principal architect of the same name, whose monumental works are integral to the Tippet Rise experience. The celebrated wind quintet Imani Winds and the energetic brass quartet The Westerlies, which have recorded performance films with Tippet Rise, will perform separately at the art center for the first time this summer, in addition to the 2021 Naumburg-winning Merz Trio and the internationally acclaimed Brentano Quartet.

Among the programmatic highlights for the concert season will be the world premiere of additional works from Ukrainian composer Valentyn Silvestrov’s Five Cycles for Violin and Piano and Five Cycles for Piano, commissioned by Tippet Rise (three pieces already premiered during the 2022 concert season). The mesmerizing Sandbox Percussion will also return to premiere a Tippet Rise commission by Douglas Cuomo, composed in response to Mark di Suvero’s Proverb (2002).


Tickets and How to Visit
The complete program for 2023 will be announced early next year. Registration for the art center’s randomized drawing for concert tickets will open on the Tippet Rise website in spring 2023, in addition to registration for hiking, biking, and sculpture van tours. Please sign-up for our e-newsletter to receive the very latest information.

Online Opportunities to Experience Poetry, Music, Films, and More
We recently partnered with our sister organization, the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, to film five Rocky Mountain West–based poets and our co-founder Peter Halstead performing poems on the land at Tippet Rise and throughout the art center’s artistic spaces. In this special joint series produced in collaboration with the Academy of American Poets, celebrated poets Brian Blanchfield, CMarie Fuhrman, Sean Hill, Keetje Kuipers, and M.L. Smoker each offer readings of their own poems and favorites by poets that inspire them. Directed by Matthew Thompson, Above Strands of Earth: Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation at Tippet Rise transcends genre to create a unique transdisciplinary offering, mapping the invisible connections between language, land, sound, and vision. The films will be available on our website and at beginning in January.

Our team of filmmakers and sound engineers are continuously adding concert films and special performance films to our Music Download Library, Film Library, and YouTube Channel. New videos include William Grant Still’s Suite for Violin and Piano performed by violinist Geneva Lewis and pianist Audrey Vardanega; Haydn’s Piano Sonata in G Minor, Hob. XVI:44 performed by pianist Pedja Mužijević; and a music video filmed at Tippet Rise of Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonata No. 5 for Violin, Op. 27 (II. Danse rustique) performed by violinist Will Hagen. New performance films as part of our Tippet Rise on Tour series by The Westerlies and Owls are forthcoming.

A Message From Our Co-Founders
“After being isolated for the long years of the pandemic, being together in the Olivier Music Barn had an otherworldly feeling for everyone this past summer. Music seemed truer than usual,” shared Cathy and Peter Halstead, co-founders of Tippet Rise. “This coming season, we’re going to have both the deep-grounded masterpieces of the past, but also emerging musicians and composers with new approaches to the same profound truths. We will present two new installations, sculptures by artists we have long admired, Alexander Liberman and Louise Nevelson, both born in Ukraine, whose vast steel compositions evoke not only the Industrial Revolution but also the celestial ratios hidden by ancient civilizations in Mayan temples and Tibetan mandala.”