Tippet Rise Art Center near Fishtail is opening its third season on July 6.

The center will reopen Friday, June 29, one week before the start of the summer music series, for tours of its monumental outdoor sculptures on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with prior registration. Visitors may explore the ranch and its sculptures via nine miles of hiking and biking trails, or by shuttle vans.

Set on a 10,260-acre working ranch at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains, the center will feature 25 recitals and chamber music concerts from July 6 through Sept. 8.

The season showcases an international roster of celebrated artists, some who have already made the art center one of their summer homes, others who will be marking their debuts at Tippet Rise this summer, the center states in its press materials. 

The season includes concentrations of masterworks by Johann Sebastian Bach and of compositions from the 20th and 21st centuries. Other programs feature immersions into the Romantic repertoire — one of the hallmarks of Tippet Rise — and the world premiere of a new piece by Aaron Jay Kernis, commissioned by Tippet Rise and performed by the Borromeo String Quartet.

Founders Peter and Cathy Halstead said they are looking forward to the summer season.

"Now We Are Three," they said. "Still very young, but excited to run around and bump into things. We hope our wonderful audience will join us for this summer’s wild ride through the hills and fields of Bach, Chopin, Liszt, a slew of modern and contemporary greats, and our wonderful friend Aaron Jay Kernis, performed by extraordinary artists, some of whom you will remember from seasons past.”

Setting the tone will be the opening concert of the season, on July 6, with pianist Julien Brocal, a protégé and frequent collaborator of Maria João Pires, performing a program titled "Reflections Between Man and Nature." He will also perform 20th-century works by Maurice Ravel, Sergei Bortkiewicz and Federico Mompou, as well as Brocal’s own improvisations. The program will celebrate the union of land, art, architecture and music that is the essence of Tippet Rise.

Anne-Marie McDermott will close the season on Sept. 8 with two Bach keyboard concertos performed with violinists Aaron Boyd and Daniel Phillips, double bassist Xavier Foley and the Calidore String Quartet, followed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor.

Tippet Rise is also presenting the world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’s new piece for string quartet, the second of the works he is composing for the art center through a three-year commissioning program.

Family concerts

In addition to regularly scheduled programs, two family concerts, designed to enlighten, entertain, and educate Tippet Rise’s younger audiences will also be presented, with details to be announced at a later date, the center said in a press release. Audio of the season's concerts is available at tippetrise.org and on the Tippet Rise YouTube channel.

In addition to its music program, Tippet Rise Art Center presents large-scale sculptures and other works by some of the world’s foremost artists and architects. Many are site-specific commissions that aim to weave together the boundaries of art, nature, and architecture.

Concert tickets are $10 for adults and free to anyone 21 and under. Tickets for the season’s performances will be available through an electronically randomized drawing, for which registration is required. The registration process opened on Feb. 20 and closes on March 12 at 5 p.m.

For additional details and to enter the drawing for Season Three, please visit www.tippetrise.org

Sculpture tours at Tippet Rise via shuttle vans are $10 each for adults and free for anyone 21 and under and are available first come, first served (space is limited). Hiking and biking at the art center are free for everyone. Prior registration via the website is required for all visitors.

For concert ticketholders, dinner will be available for purchase before each evening’s performance, provided by Cordon Bleu-trained chef Nick Goldman and chef Wendi Reed of Wild Flower Kitchen.