MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Tippet Rise on Tour: August Festival 2021

Running August 19-22Tippet Rise on Tour: August Festival will premiere seven short classical performance films 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.

The films feature cellist Arlen Hlusko; flutist Brandon Patrick George; pianists Michael Brown, Jenny Chen, and Anne-Marie McDermott; violinist Geneva Lewis; and the vocal ensemble The New Consort.

The festival is free to everyone. The films will stream each day at 8PM ET. Starting at 7:30PM ET this Thursday, August 19 is a live “backstage” gathering via Zoom that will include a discussion with Tippet Rise co-founders Cathy and Peter Halstead and Ensamble Studio’s Débora Mesa and Antón García Abril, the creators behind three monumental sculptures at Tippet Rise—the Domo, the Beartooth Portal, and the Inverted Portal.

Thursday’s location is Cyclopean House, the Brookline, Massachusetts, home and workplace of Débora and Antón, where violinist and rising star Geneva Lewis will perform an eclectic mix of works. Next up is New York and the Jerome Robbins Theater at the Baryshnikov Arts Center for a performance by Brandon Patrick George, flutist of Imani Winds.

Friday, August 20, brings a visit to one of the most tranquil and beautiful places in all of New York City—the Noguchi Museum—for a program of new works and poetry performed and read by cellist Arlen Hlusko, followed by a film featuring pianist Jenny Chen at the Blue Gallery in Manhattan.

Saturday, August 21 is set in a tractor barn nestled in Colorado’s Vail Valley at nearly 9,000 feet, where pianist Anne-Marie McDermott devotes her program to Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B-flat major.

The festival concludes in New York on Sunday, August 22 with two films: one beneath a church in Brooklyn at The Gymnasium-Gymnopedie, featuring the solo-voice ensemble The New Consort, and then again at the Blue Gallery for a performance by pianist Michael Brown, featuring a work of his own composition, Breakup Etude for Right Hand Alone, along with works by Chopin and Mendelssohn.

Full program details:

August Festival | Day One | August 19, 2021 | 6PM MDT
Geneva Lewis, violin
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:

Brandon Patrick George, flute
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Partita in A Minor for solo flute, BWV 1013
Filmed at Jerome Robbins Theater at Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York
Tristan Cook, filmmaker; George Wellington, audio engineer. Duration: 21’

August Festival | Day Two | August 20, 2021 | 6PM MDT
Arlen Hlusko, cello
JOHN CONAHAN: Philly ‘hood Flashes
NICHOLAS YANDELL: Restless/Release
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’

August Festival | Day Three | August 21, 2021 | 6PM MDT
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
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’

August Festival | Day Four | August 22, 2021 | 6PM MDT
The New Consort, vocal ensemble (Madeline Apple Healey, Rhianna Cockrell, Clifton Massey,
Nathan Hodgson, Brian Mummert)
CARLO GESUALDO: “Moro, lasso, almio duolo”
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI: “Zefiro torna e’l bel tempo rimena”
SAMIH CHOUKEIR, arranged by Shireen Abu Khader: Lau Rahal Sawti
Filmed at Gymnopedie, Brooklyn, NY
Jean Coleman, filmmaker, Noriko Okabe, audio engineer. Duration: 30’

Michael Brown, piano
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. Durati

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