Cathy and Peter Halstead, Jenny Chen

Cathy and Peter Halstead are pictured at Tippet Rise Art Center with concert pianist Jenny Chen, who will return to the venue for the 2018 season. “First time I came here with honor, the second time a delight, and the third time will be precious," Chen said.


FISHTAIL — Tippet Rise Art Center, located against the backdrop of Montana’s Beartooth Mountains, has announced the dates and highlights for its third concert season, July 6 through Sept. 8, 2018.

Celebrating the union of land, art, architecture and music, the art center will present eight weeks of concerts featuring some performers who are making their debuts at Tippet Rise and others who are returning as audience favorites. Complete details will be announced in early 2018.

David Finckel and Wu Han

Season Three at Tippet Rise Art Center will include cellist David Finckel and his wife, pianist Wu Han, who are both world-class performers as well the artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Returning artists include pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Pedja Muzijevic. Also returning is pianist Jeffrey Kahane, who performed his moving improvisation on “America the Beautiful,” and violinist Caroline Goulding. The Escher String Quartet and the Dover Quartet, will also return.

Other performers coming back to Tippet Rise include Russian concert pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, whose Scarlatti recording was among Forbes's Top 10 Best Classical Recordings of 2016.  Taiwan native Jenny Chen, a concert pianist with numerous international music competition awards, is also on the 2018 calendar.

Chen said she is eager to return to Montana.

“First time I came here with honor, the second time a delight, and the third time will be precious," she said.

Tippet Rise is committed to commissioning work by contemporary composers. In this spirit, Season Three will include a new work by Aaron Jay Kernis — the second to be composed through a three-year commission — performed by the Borromeo String Quartet. Kernis’s first commission for Tippet Rise, “First CLUB Date,” a work for piano and cello, premiered in August 2017. In 2020, Kernis will premiere the third commissioned work, a piece for small chamber ensemble and voice.

Among the artists making their Tippet Rise debuts in 2018 is pianist Ingrid Fliter, who will perform the complete Chopin nocturnes. St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, drawn from New York City-based Orchestra of St. Luke’s, will perform works by Brahms and Robert and Clara Schumann. The Calidore String Quartet will be joined by Tara Helen O’Connor to highlight selections from the chamber music repertoire that feature flute, and will also partner with violinists Daniel Phillips and Aaron Boyd and pianist McDermott, in Bach concertos for piano and 7 strings.

Tippet Rise encourages families to visit the art center and next season that extends to musicians. Season Three includes cellist David Finckel and his wife, pianist Wu Han, who are both world-class performers as well the artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Kahane, concert pianist and immediate past conductor of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, is scheduled to perform with his son, Gabriel Kahane, a dynamic young singer-songwriter whose music blends classical and rock.

Performances will take place both indoors and out. The 150-seat Olivier Music Barn, inspired by the intimate performance spaces where Haydn’s and Mozart’s works were performed, is Tippet Rise’s primary concert venue. Pre-concert lectures will take place at the Tiara, a 100-seat outdoor acoustic shell. Weather permitting, select 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. Two family concerts — designed to enlighten, entertain and educate Tippet Rise’s younger audiences — will also be presented.

While the art center will be closed to the public over the winter, concert footage from several performances from the 2016 and 2017 seasons can be viewed online. New videos include Yevgeny Sudbin playing Medtner’s “Sonata Tragica” in C minor, Op. 39, No. 5, from “Forgotten Melodies”; Chen playing Chopin’s Étude Op. 10, No. 3; and Kahane’s improvisation on “America the Beautiful.”

Tippet Rise is home to state-of-the-art recording facilities and is hosting several artists this fall and winter for special studio sessions. Goulding recently recorded Ysaye’s Sonata No. 5, Bartok's Solo Sonata and Telemann's Sonata in A major. Pianist Alessandro Deljavan will be recording at Tippet Rise later this month. Both albums will be released in 2018.

As a testament to the art center’s growing reputation as a cultural oasis, Tippet Rise recently received a 2017 Leading Culture Destination Award from the LCD Magazine and Travel Channel. The awards ceremony was held in London at the Trafalgar Saint James Hotel in September. Other winners include the British Museum, the Walker Art Center, and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum.

Tippet Rise will reopen to the public on Friday, June 29, one week before the start of the summer music series, for tours of its outdoor sculptures on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with prior registration. Visitors can explore the ranch and its sculptures via nine miles of hiking and biking trails, or by electric shuttle bus.

Tickets will be available in early 2018. For the latest information on ticketing, please sign up for the Tippet Rise e-newsletter.

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Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.