Located on a Working Ranch, the New Non-Profit Art Center Will Present Concerts by World-Renowned Classical Musicians, Indoors and Out, and Large-Scale Contemporary Sculptures in Spectacular Natural Settings
Poised on the ridges and rolling fields where the Beartooth Mountains touch Montana’s big sky, the new Tippet Rise Art Center will open to the public in summer 2016, offering local residents and international visitors a uniquely resonant experience of great classical music, nestled among sculptures and buildings that hug the land like natural formations. Founded by life-long philanthropists and artists Cathy and Peter Halstead, Tippet Rise will celebrate the union of land, art, architecture and music, bringing concerts by world-renowned musicians and specially commissioned sculptural structures to an 11,500-acre working ranch outside Fishtail, Montana, midway between Billings and the edge of Yellowstone National Park.
Performance venues include the rustic-looking but acoustically ideal Olivier Barn, the open-air Tiara (a wooden acoustic shell of innovative design) and at a later date a performance space and installation called Tabula Acustica, designed to look as if it were sheltered by an outcropping of rock. These venues will share Tippet Rise with site-specific installations of wood-and-earth-based sculpture by the distinguished artists Patrick Dougherty and Stephen Talasnik; raw-surfaced, quasi-architectural gateway structures and shelters that rear up from the earth like primitive markers, created by the innovative Ensamble Studio (Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa); and two now-classic music-themed sculptures by Mark di Suvero, each tucked into its own valley.
Director Alban Bassuet, recognized internationally for crafting exceptional performance spaces and collaborating with mold-breaking artists such as James Turrell, Lou Reed and Ai Wei Wei, leads the planning, design and curatorial program at Tippet Rise. Music Director Christopher O’Riley, acclaimed pianist and host of NPR’s “From the Top,” is organizing the performance season, bringing to the schedule both internationally celebrated classical musicians and the younger artists he is known for supporting, and programming a broad range of repertoire including new commissions.
Within the next months, Tippet Rise will announce the schedule for its first concert season. In advance of the public opening, Tippet Rise has already welcomed neighbors in Fishtail, Red Lodge and Billings to introductory events and has begun hosting programs for students from local schools and young adults from nearby colleges and universities. For more information, you can check Tippet Rise Website