Tippet Rise hosts ‘Twelfth Night’ performance

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CHRIS MCCONNELL
Outlook staff writer
The Olivier Music Barn at Tippet Rise Art Center is seen before Friday’s Shakespeare in the Schools performance of “Twelfth Night.” The Barn hosts world class classical chamber music performances during the summer season. The Barn has incredible acoustics and was designed by Arup, the same company who designed the Sydney Opera house, the Royal Opera in London’s Covent Garden and many other world renowned music venues.

The Beartooth Mountains got a touch of the Renaissance last Friday for the Shakespeare in the Schools performance of “Twelfth Night” at the Olivier Music Barn at Tippet Rise Art Center outside of Fishtail.
Shakespeare in the Schools is the fall companion to the long-running Montana Shakespeare in the Parks touring theatre program and is usually held at middle and high schools throughout Montana and Wyoming.
According to its website, Tippet Rise is a 10,260 acre working sheep and cattle ranch that hosts classical chamber music and recitals and exhibits large-scale outdoor sculptures.
Peter and Cathy Halstead co-founded Tippet Rise Art Center, which opened to the public in 2016.
Cathy’s father, the late Sidney Frank, was a liquor importer who developed Grey Goose vodka and became the lone U.S. distributor of the German liqueur, Jägermeister. He sold Grey Goose to Bacardi in 2004 for more than $2 billion.
Now the Halstead’s are trustees of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, a philanthropic organization that donates millions to charities and offers dozens of grants for arts and education in the U.S. and England.
Tippet Rise offers cheap tickets to world class music, and tours of sculptures from world-renowned artists. Event tickets cost $10 and kids under 18 are free. Hiking and biking tours are free but reservations are required and they fill up quickly during the summer season. The also offer van tours of the sculptures on a limited basis.
The drive up to Tippet Rise begins after a turn off Stillwater River Road outside of Absarokee and continues for a few miles to a modest gate where the guest list is checked and tickets are received. A short drive to the parking lot leaves patrons with a five minute walk to the Olivier Music Barn. Next to the barn is Will’s Shed, a casual space for dining, education and community events. Wild Flower Kitchen out of Fishtail caters the events during the summer concert season.
This year Tippet Rise was open on Friday-Sunday from late June to mid-September, with special events hosted at other times, including Friday’s “Twelfth Night” performance.
The acoustics in the Olivier Music Barn are phenomenal. The Barn was created by the same company–Arup–who designed the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Opera in London’s Covent Garden, among many others.
The Shakespeare performance featured actors from Illinios, Wisconsin, Minnesota and California. This season started in Bozeman on October 6, and concludes at Manhattan High School on December 15 after visiting more than 40 schools
Tickets for the 2018 summer music performances go on sale in early spring and sell out fast. For more information go to the Tippet Rise Art Center website at tippetrise.org

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