Tippet prepares for upcoming season

Erik Peterson.
Cellist Matt Haimovitz performing beneath the Domo.

Tippet Rise Art Center has released the details of its second concert season, July 7 - September 16, 2017. The Art Center, which opened in June 2016, is located on a 10,260-acre working ranch at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains, midway between Billings and Bozeman and north of Yellowstone National Park. Building on a successful inaugural year, Tippet Rise has added two weeks to its season of classical chamber music and recitals by renowned musicians who will travel to Fishtail from around the globe.

In the spirit of Tippet Rise’s union of land, art, architecture and music, the season’s nine weeks of concerts will be performed both indoors and outdoors. The 150-seat Olivier Music Barn, the Art Center’s primary music venue, was designed and constructed by Laura Viklund of Gunnstock Timber Frames with acoustical design by Arup and Alban Bassuet and is inspired by the beautifully proportioned performance spaces for which Haydn and Mozart composed their works. Weather permitting, concerts will also take place at the open-air Domo, a 98-foot-long, 16-foot-tall, acoustically rich sculptural structure designed by Ensamble Studio. Pre-concert lectures will take place at the Tiara, a 100-seat acoustic shell without walls.

Organized under Artistic Advisor Charles Hamlen, the music season features new and returning artists, established soloists and rising stars, presenting works ranging in date from the early 18th century to the present. The full concert schedule is available on the Concert & Events page of the Art Center’s website, www.tippetrise.org. Season highlights include:

•         A world premiere by composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Commissioned by Tippet Rise, it will be performed by pianist Pedja Muzijevic and cellist Matt Haimovitz.

•         The Tippet Rise debut of pianist Natasha Paremski in a solo performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, later joined by the Escher String Quartet, also making its Tippet Rise debut.

•         The return of pianist Yevgeny Sudbin. Hailed by England’s Daily Telegraph as “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century,” Sudbin will perform works by Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Medtner.

•         Another Tippet Rise alum, the violinist Caroline Goulding, plays several concerts this season, including a three-part performance featuring Enescu’s Impressions from Childhood, Dvorak’s Romantic Pieces and Schumann’s Sonata in D minor No. 2.

•         Called “one of the great American pianists of her generation,” Anne-Marie McDermott returns to Tippet Rise, performing both as a soloist and with the internationally acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet.

•         Jenny Chen, who delighted Tippet Rise audiences in 2016, also returns, performing an ambitious program of works by Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt.

•         Jeffrey Kahane makes his first appearance at Tippet Rise with a diverse recital program as well as Schubert's Piano Quintet, “Trout,” with the Ariel Quartet and Xavier Foley, double bass.

All concert tickets are priced at $10, with revenues dedicated to the Art Center’s education programs. Visits to Tippet Rise’s sculptures are free with prior registration. A limited number of tickets for performances go on sale beginning March 1, 2017, with additional tickets being released for purchase on March 18 and May 26, 2017.

“We are delighted to host a new season of classical music programming for our community, for Montana, and for visitors to the region from near and far,” said founders Cathy and Peter Halstead. “We look forward to another season where the land creates cosmic connections with music and from sculpture.”

The recordings produced of each concert are as important an asset of Tippet Rise as the live performances. Tippet Rise pairs its extraordinary pianos and the acoustically optimized Olivier Music Barn with state-of-the-art recording technology. Recorded performances are added regularly to the Tippet Rise website and to the Art Center’s official YouTube channel.

Tippet Rise Art Center opens to the public in late June, before the start of the music series, for daily visits on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with prior registration. Additions made to the Art Center’s trail system this winter will allow visitors to hike or bike to each of the sculptures on the ranch. Electric shuttles are also offered to guests on a regular schedule to each of the sculpture sites.

For concert ticket holders, a barbecue is available for purchase before each evening’s performance, provided by Cordon Bleu-trained chef Nick Goldman and Chef Wendi Reed of Wild Flower Kitchen. Sandwiches, snacks, desserts, and drinks are also available for purchase during regular hours. A new permanent pavilion, also designed by Laura Viklund, is under construction adjacent to the Olivier Music Barn, where guests can enjoy food and refreshments during the 2017 concert and tour season.

In addition to its classical music program, Tippet Rise Art Center comprises large-scale sculptures and other works by some of the world’s foremost artists and architects. Many are site-specific commissions that aim to weave together the boundaries of art, nature, and architecture. Artworks set within the landscape include several sculptural structures by the innovative Ensamble Studio (Débora Mesa & Antón García-Abril), including Beartooth Portal, composed of two vertical rocklike forms, 29 feet tall, that lean together at the top; the similarly designed 26-foot-tall Inverted Portal; and the 98-foot-long, 16-foot-tall Domo. Tippet Rise is also home to two monumental works by the internationally renowned sculptor Mark di Suvero: Beethoven’s Quartet (2003, steel and stainless steel, 24 9/16 ft. x 30 ft. x 23 1/4 ft.) and Proverb (2002, painted Cor-ten steel, 60 ft x 17 11/16 ft. x 31 1/2 ft.); two site-specific works (Satellite No. 5: Pioneer, by Stephen Talasnik, and Daydreams by Patrick Dougherty); and two works by Alexander Calder on loan from the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: Two Discs (1965) and Stainless Stealer (1966).

About Tippet Rise Art Center
Tippet Rise Art Center is located in Fishtail, Montana, against the backdrop of the Beartooth Mountains, roughly midway between Billings and Bozeman and north of Yellowstone National Park. Set on a 10,260-working sheep and cattle ranch, Tippet Rise hosts classical music performances and exhibits large-scale outdoor sculptures. Tippet Rise believes that art, music, architecture, and nature rise to a new level when they collaborate.  We hope that our concerts will be metaphors where nature and music speak together in a human voice.

The inaugural season in 2016 included a piano recital series featuring Stephen Hough, Nikolai Demidenko, George Li, Konstantin Lifschitz, and Yevgeny Sudbin, as well as Lucas Debargue in his US Debut; a chamber music series featuring pianist Svetlana Smolina and violinist Caroline Goulding; the Ariel Quartet; and trumpeter Elmer Churampi. The season also featured the world premiere of a Tippet Rise-commissioned vocal work by prominent Spanish composer Antón García Abril.

As an institution founded to serve its neighbors in Montana as much as visiting musicians, artists, and audiences, Tippet Rise develops and supports year-round education programs in schools at the K-12 level, in local colleges and universities, and other organizations.

Getting to Tippet Rise Art Center
Located in Stillwater County, Tippet Rise is approximately 90 minutes southwest of Billings, two hours southeast of Bozeman, and two-and-a-half hours north of Yellowstone National Park. It is served by two major airports: Billings Logan International Airport and Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.

Access and Tickets
Tippet Rise is open to visitors from late June to mid-September on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6pm. Admission is free, but prior registration is required in order to enter the Art Center. Concerts are priced at $10, and are free for guests 18 and under. Tickets will go on sale on March 1, 2017, with additional tickets released for purchase on March 18 and May 26, 2017.

For more information, please visit www.tippetrise.org

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 20, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.

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