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The 2021 Season at Tippet Rise

March 8, 2021

We are pleased to announce highlights of the 2021 season at Tippet Rise, which will include opening the art center for hiking and biking while continuing to offer virtual concerts, films, and conversations that can be streamed from everywhere, by everyone.

“We established Tippet Rise out of our enthusiasm for the endless possibilities that arise when music, sculpture, architecture, and landscape are brought together,” said Peter and Cathy Halstead, co-founders of Tippet Rise Art Center. “We’re looking forward to bringing the creativity of extraordinary musicians, poets, and filmmakers to our audiences this spring and summer in ways that are innovative and virtual, although the feeling is completely real.”

APRIL 16, 17, and 18, 2021 – Tippet Rise on Tour: Spring Festival

Tippet Rise on Tour: Spring Festival is an online event premiering 10 short films that feature classical music performances and poetry readings. Recorded in New York City at the studio of the American sculptor Joel Shapiro and at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, the films feature musicians who have performed during past seasons at the art center, including violinists Katie Hyun and Benjamin Beilman, cellist Gabriel Cabezas, and Tippet Rise’s Artistic Advisor, pianist Pedja Mužijević, and musicians who may be new to some of our audiences, such as the pianist Richard Goode, one of today’s most revered American recitalists.

Highlights of the three-day online event include the world premiere of a new work for flute and electronics by Bora Yoon, a co-commission by Tippet Rise and the Pnea Foundation, performed by MacArthur Fellow and flutist Claire Chase. Canadian baritone Tyler Duncan, pianist Erika Switzer, and GRAMMY-nominated violinist Tessa Lark also will also perform. Cellist Arlen Hlusko, who performed with Ensemble Connect in the Olivier Music Barn at Tippet Rise in 2019 and presented a dynamic program to our community’s K-12 students in the Absarokee High School gym, is also featured in the spring festival playing four new works for cello.

The festival will launch on the Tippet Rise website on Friday, April 16 and run through Sunday, April 18. Each day, the festival will begin with a 5:30PM MDT live “backstage” gathering of musicians and audience members via Zoom. Pedja Mužijević, along with our co-founders Cathy and Peter Halstead, will host the informal conversations. The films will follow the Zoom gatherings each evening at 6PM MDT. Admission for the festival is free and is open to everyone. To watch trailers from the festival, please click on the links below:

Pedja Mužijević offers A Loving Homage to Surrealism
Benjamin Beilman performs Rogerson’s Partita for Violin
Claire Chase performs Yoon’s The Haunted Orchard

After the festival, the films will remain available on the Tippet Rise website for free, on-demand streaming until April 25 when they will be uploaded to our YouTube channel where they can also be streamed on-demand, for free.

ONGOING — Tippet Rise & Friends at Home

Our monthly online concert series Tippet Rise & Friends at Home continues, presenting previously unreleased video streams of some of our most beloved concerts from past seasons.

On April 8, the extraordinary young pianist George Li performs works by Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Liszt. On May 6, the critically acclaimed JACK Quartet plays a program of works by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, including the Tippet Rise commission Lines Made by Walking. Some concerts will feature special intermission content, including footage of the art center’s outdoor sculptures and landscape.

Each concert can be streamed for free beginning at 6pm MDT on its release date and will remain available to stream from the Tippet Rise website. For more information, please visit our Virtual Events page.

MAY 20, 2021 – Land & Sky - The Inspiration of Tippet Rise

Created remotely by the wonderful filmmaker Hamid Shams and in partnership with the Colburn School in Los Angeles, our new documentary film, Land & Sky, features dramatic new footage of the Tippet Rise landscape and sculptures, interviews with Tippet Rise artists and musicians, and beautiful music by the Calidore String Quartet. Details about the May 20 premiere will be announced in an upcoming e-newsletter and on the Tippet Rise website in the weeks to come. To watch a trailer of Land & Sky, please click here.

AUGUST 2021 – Tippet Rise on Tour: Summer Festival

Tippet Rise on Tour will continue in August with exciting new films that will include performances by pianists Anne-Marie McDermott, Michael Brown, and Jenny Chen, violinist Geneva Lewis, and world premieres by cellist Arlen Hlusko, and others. These performances will be recorded at locations in New York City and elsewhere; additional details will be announced at a later date.

SUMMER 2021 – Hiking and Biking at Tippet Rise

Last but not least, we are pleased to announce that the art center will be open this summer for self-guided hiking and biking tours of the Tippet Rise landscape and sculptures.

“Experiencing art outdoors has become especially meaningful this past year,” said Pete Hinmon, the art center’s co-director, “Tippet Rise is especially unique in how it pairs an active outdoor experience with a cultural experience. Exploring the works of art at Tippet Rise by foot or bike is a true adventure and takes real physical exertion. We are delighted to be able to offer this option to our guests this year.”

Instructions for registration, which is required for all visitors, and details on COVID-19 safety protocols will be available this spring. Hiking and biking at the art center are always free.

As soon as it is safe to do so, Tippet Rise very much looks forward to resuming sculpture tours by van as well as live, in-person concerts—and to welcoming our audiences and musicians back to the art center. Until then, we hope you will join us for our online events or at the art center or for a day of hiking and bicycling under Montana’s beautiful big sky.

Photo by Erik Petersen.