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Tippet Rise Art Center Opens for Second Season on June 30th

June 17, 2017 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Tippet Rise Art Center, a unique cultural destination under Montana’s big sky, will open for its second season with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday free tours of its sculpture park beginning on June 30, 2017. The 10,260-acre working ranch has created 5 miles of new hiking and biking trails, allowing visitors to enjoy a 9-mile loop of trails that passes the site-specific, monumental sculptures on the ranch. The summer’s concert series will kick off on July 7 and 8 with the return of Yevgeny Sudbin, performing works by Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Medtner.

Other season highlights include the world premiere of Tippet Rise’s commission of (First) Club Date, a new work for piano and cello by composer Aaron Jay Kernis, performed by pianist Pedja Muzijevic and cellist Matt Haimovitz (August 25)—this is the first piece to result from a three-year commissioning program between Tippet Rise and the composer. The schedule features a mix of new and returning artists, including the Tippet Rise debut of pianist Natasha Paremski in a solo recital of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and later joined by the Escher String Quartet, also in their Tippet Rise debut, who will perform works by Debussy and Chausson. Returning artists include violinist Caroline Goulding, who will play several concerts including a three-part performance featuring Enescu’s Impressions from Childhood,Dvorak’s romantic pieces and Schumann’s Sonata in D minor no. 2; Jenny Chen, who will perform programs including Mozart, Chopin, and Liszt; and Anne-Marie McDermott in an all-Haydn program. The full program is available on the Tippet Rise website at:http://tippetrise.org/events.

To coincide with the return of Tippet Rise’s Friday and Saturday night barbecues, overseen by Cordon Bleu-trained chef Nick Goldman and Wendi Reed of Wild Flower Kitchen, the Art Center is opening a new permanent pavilion for al fresco dining. Will’s Shed, named for founder Peter Halstead’s grandfather, will be a communal gathering place for guests to enjoy a convivial atmosphere before the evening concerts begin. The pavilion, designed by Laura Viklund Gunn of Gunnstock Timber Frames, is adjacent to the Olivier Music Barn, which she also designed in collaboration with Alban Bassuet and Arup.

“We are thrilled to be opening our second summer season,” said founders Cathy and Peter Halstead. “We look forward to welcoming old friends and new visitors to Tippet Rise for what we hope will be a summer where the otherworldly solitude of the ranch mixes with the warmth of the Olivier Music Barn to create performances that don’t quite sound like any others in the world. We hope you all will enjoy our new walking trails, new works of art, the new dining pavilion, and new artists this summer at Tippet Rise, as well as the breathtaking open fields and the wonderful feeling of listening to music together in the barn.”

Tippet Rise boasts state-of-the-art recording facilities and will record the entirety of the 2017 season. These concerts will be made available on the Tippet Rise website following the conclusion of the season. This August, a selection of concerts from the 2016 season are being released by Pentatone, the classical music label specializing in high-end, five-channel surround sound recordings. The album, titled Tippet Rise: OPUS 2016, will be released as a Super Audio CD (SACD) with both surround sound and normal CD sound, and will be on sale at Tippet Rise and on the website.

From September 22-24, Tippet Rise will collaborate with the Architecture & Design Film Festival to present a special edition of the Festival, which encapsulates the unique and creative spirit that drives architecture and design. The festival will include a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions that bring to the forefront Tippet Rise’s own synthesis of architecture, nature, and landscape. Eight films will explore the work of architects Eileen Gray, Andy Goldsworthy, Bjarke Ingels, Richard Neutra, Piet Oudolf, Eero Saarinen, Todd Saunders, and artists Patrick Dougherty and Stephen Talasnik. Revealing intimate details about Tippet Rise itself Pioneer, directed by Taylor Fraser, followed artist Stephen Talasnik through the process of creating Satellite # 5: Pioneer, 2016 for Tippet Rise’s inaugural season.

Two recent works by Stephen Talasnik have been acquired as additions to the Art Center’s collection. Galaxy (2014) andArcheology (2012), which are small scale structures made of wood that evoke the aesthetics of architectural models, have been mounted inside the Olivier Music Barn’s performance space, flanking the stage area.

Contemporary Art in the Landscape
At Tippet Rise Art Center, there is no clear line between the performance venues, contemporary sculpture, and landscape. Tippet Rise commissioned the site-specific Daydreams from sculptor Patrick Dougherty, for which he collaborated with JXM & Associates LLC and CTA architects, both based in Bozeman, to build a base structure resembling a 19th century-style prairie school. Using compositions of locally sourced willow saplings and sticks, Dougherty’s Daydreams wraps across the outside of the school, resembling imaginary students leaning against the walls, and evoking the dreamlike atmosphere that sometimes settles over a class. Tippet Rise also commissioned sculptor Stephen Talasnik to create Satellite # 5: Pioneer, named for the 1973 space-probe project, to serve as an expression of Tippet Rise’s mission of exploration. Pioneer, for which Talasnik collaborated with Gunnstock Timber Frames on the fabrication, sits in a natural amphitheater. The innovative Ensamble Studio created works cast from the very land on which Tippet Rise sits, including the Beartooth Portal, composed of two vertical rocklike forms that are each 29 feet tall and lean together at the top; the similarly designed 26-foot-tall Inverted Portal; and the 98-foot-long, 16-foot-tall Domo, which doubles as a performance venue.

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.). Each is sited within its own valley to give visitors the exceptional opportunity to view the work in a pristine natural environment, enjoying the primal resonance of Beethoven’s Quartet (which may be played with mallets, like a steel drum) and the inherent motion of Proverb (which has a pendulum element that moves like a metronome, creating a steady tempo between nature and art). There are also two works by Alexander Calder on loan from the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: Two Discs (1965) and Stainless Stealer (1966).

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