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Tippet Rise Art Center recently announced the details of its digital summer event “Tippet Rise on Tour: August Festival,” which will premiere seven short performance films between August 19 and 22. 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.
The festival is free and open to everyone. The films will stream each day at 8PM ET on tippetrise.org. 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.
On Thursday, August 19, violinist and rising star Geneva Lewis will perform an eclectic mix of works including Biber’s “Passacaglia,” Ysaÿe’s “Sonata No. 5 in G Major” for solo violin, and Kaija Saariaho’s “Nocturne.” The program was filmed at the Cyclopean House, designed and owned by Ensamble Studio, in Brookline, Massachusetts. The second recording of the evening highlights returning artist Brandon Patrick George, who is the flutist of the Grammy®-nominated Imani Winds, playing Bach’s “Partita in A Minor” for solo flute, “Thorn” by David Lang, and “Air” by acclaimed Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu, whose legacy includes scores to close to 100 films. This performance was filmed in the Jerome Robbins Theater at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
On Friday, August 20, two Tippet Rise favorites, cellist Arlen Hlusko and pianist Jenny Chen, return. Hlusko will showcase new works captured at the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Queens, New York. The pieces were commissioned during the pandemic via Instagram and composed by Seth Cole, John Conahan, David Jaeger, Michelle Ross, and Nicholas Yandell. Jenny Chen offers a performance showcasing Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 in E Major” and his “Concert Study No. 3 in D-flat Major,” “Un Sospiro,” as well as Chopin’s “Barcarolle in F-sharp Major”, recorded at the Blue Gallery in Midtown Manhattan in New York City.
On Saturday, August 21, the program is devoted to one of Schubert’s masterpieces, his “Piano Sonata in B-flat Major,” played by pianist Anne-Marie McDermott in the most unexpected of places—a tractor barn nestled in Colorado’s Vail Valley.
The festival culminates on Sunday, August 22 with two programs. The first is performed by The New Consort, a project-based, solo-voice ensemble directed by baritone Brian Mummert. The evening includes vocal works by the exiled Syrian composer, poet, and multi-instrumentalist Samih Choukeir arranged by Jordanian composer and vocalist Shireen Abu-Khader, madrigals by Gesualdo and Monteverdi, a piece by American composer Ted Hearne featuring a text from one of the hundreds of thousands military cables referred to as the Iraq War Logs, which is sung a cappella by Madeline Apple Healey, Rhianna Cockrell, Clifton Massey, Brian Mummert, and Nathan Hodgson. Pianist and composer Michael Brown closes the festival with a program featuring Chopin’s “Impromptu in F-sharp Major,” Mendelssohn’s “Rondo Capriccioso,” Ravel’s “Jeux d’eau,” Scriabin’s “Poème in F-sharp Major,” as well as a work of his own composition, “Breakup Etude for Right Hand Alone”.
Following their premieres, the films will be available to stream on-demand, for free on the Tippet Rise website. On September 4, they will be transferred to Tippet Rise’s YouTube channel where they will remain available to stream for free. Complete details and links to excerpts of the performances are available in the detailed schedule section below.
DETAILED AUGUST 2021 DIGITAL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Geneva Lewis, violin
HEINRICH IGNATZ BIBER: “Passacaglia”
EUGÈNE YSAŸE: “Sonata No. 5 in G Major for solo violin, Op. 27”
Filmed at Cyclopean House, Brookline, Massachusetts
Jean Coleman, filmmaker; Noriko Okabe, audio engineer. Duration: 25’
Brandon Patrick George, flute
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: “Partita in A Minor for solo flute, BWV 1013”
TŌRU TAKEMITSU: “Air”
DAVID LANG: “Thorn”
Filmed at Jerome Robbins Theater at Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York
Tristan Cook, filmmaker; George Wellington, audio engineer. Duration: 30’
Arlen Hlusko, cello
JOHN CONAHAN: “Philly ‘hood Flashes”
NICHOLAS YANDELL: “Restless/Release”
MICHELLE ROSS: “Haiku”
DAVID JAEGER: “The Blue Trees Rise Again” (1. Landscape, 2. Evening, 3. Conjure You)
SETH COLE: “Mi’Mahalah L’Mahol” (From Sickness to Dancing)
Filmed at The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, Long Island City, New York
Jean Coleman, filmmaker; Noriko Okabe, audio engineer. Duration: 20’
Jenny Chen, piano
FRANZ LISZT: “Three Concert Études,” S. 144, Étude No. 3 “Un Sospiro”
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN: “Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60”
FRANZ LISZT: “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10, in E Major, S.244/10”
Filmed at: Blue Gallery, New York, New York
Xuan, filmmaker; Noriko Okabe, audio engineer. Duration: 25’
FRANZ SCHUBERT: “Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960”
Filmed at Tractor Barn, Edwards, Colorado
Tristan Cook, filmmaker; Jim Ruberto, audio engineer. Duration: 45’
Nathan Hodgson, Brian Mummert)
CARLO GESUALDO: “Moro, lasso, almio duolo”
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI: “Zefiro torna e’l bel tempo rimena”
TED HEARNE: “Ripple”
SAMIH CHOUKEIR, arranged by Shireen Abu Khader: Lau Rahal Sawti
Jean Coleman, filmmaker. Duration: 30’Michael Brown, piano
MAURICE RAVEL: “Jeux d’eau”
MICHAEL BROWN: “Breakup Etude for Right Hand Alone” (2020)
FREDERIC CHOPIN: “Impromptu in F-sharp Major, Op. 36”
ALEXANDER SCRIABIN: “Poème in F-sharp Major, Op. 32, No. 1”
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: “Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14”
Filmed at: Blue Gallery, New York, New York
Xuan, filmmaker; Noriko Okabe, audio engineer. Duration: 30’