Tippet Rise Art Center’s Aug. 19-22 Virtual Festival to Feature Classical Music in Unique Settings

SBO Staff • July 2021News • July 10, 2021

Tippet Rise Art Center announced the details of its digital summer event, Tippet Rise on Tour: August Festival, which will premiere seven short performance films between Aug. 19-22. While the Tippet Rise Art Center is based in Fishtail, MT, the new films feature classical music performances captured at 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.

Since Spring 2020, Tippet Rise has produced or co-produced more than a dozen wide-ranging films. Among them, is the full-length documentary Land & Sky, directed by Hamid Shams and co-produced with the Colburn School. Other films feature Richard Goode performing piano works and reading poetry and Claire Chase performing the world premiere of a new work by Bora Yoon, commissioned by Tippet Rise and the Pnea Foundation. A two-part concert film co-produced by Tippet Rise and the Baryshnikov Arts Center features the Aizuri String Quartet performing works by female composers spanning a millennium.

The festival is free and open to everyone. The films will stream each day at 8pm ET on The first night will kick off with a 7:30pm ET live “backstage” gathering via Zoom. Tippet Rise artistic advisor, Pedja Mužijević, along with the art center’s co-founders, Cathy and Peter Halstead, will host the informal conversation, which will include a Q&A component with Ensamble Studio’s Débora Mesa and Anton Garcia-Abril.

The schedule follows. Aug. 19: violinist Geneva Lewis, filmed at the Cyclopean House in Brookline, MA; followed by Imani Winds flutist Brandon Patrick George, filmed in the Jerome Robbins Theater at NYC’s Baryshnikov Arts Center. Aug. 20: cellist Arlen Hlusko, recorded at the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Queens, NY, and pianist Jenny Chen, recorded at the Blue Gallery in NYC. Aug. 21: pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, performing Schubert in a tractor barn in Colorado’s Vail Valley. Aug. 22: Two programs — The New Consort, directed by baritone Brian Mummert, and a closing performance for the festival by pianist and composer Michael Brown.  The films are available from

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