Tippet Rise Art Center, set on a 12,000-acre working ranch at the foot of Montana’s Beartooth Mountains, celebrates the concept that art, music, architecture, and nature are inextricably linked in the human experience. This special Cocktails performance includes excerpts from Tippet Rise’s 2019 program, to be performed by some of the same musicians, in celebration of Ensamble Studio’s large-scale, site-specific outdoor installation titled Petrified River (on view in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden as part of Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial). The work is comprised of a 40-foot-long concrete “river” bookended by a “lake” and “mountain” that represent the transformation process of Manhattan from wild nature to an urbanized flattened landscape, and is a petrified metaphor for the rich landscape that was once Mannahatta or “island of many hills.” Petrified River is supported by the Tippet Rise Fund of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, and will be showcased at Tippet Rise during a future season.

Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt

Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt is the outdoor summer performance series at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Join us Thursdays, 6:00–9:00 p.m. for dance, music, and design in the iconic Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. See the full season lineup here.

Cocktails and light bites are available for purchase from Cooper Hewitt’s Tarallucci e Vino Cafe. Valid I.D. required for cocktails.

Tickets for Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt are $14 online and $16 at the door, per each evening. For children ages 5–17, $7 tickets may be purchased at the garden entrance or museum admissions desk. Children under 5 are free. No refunds. Held rain or shine.

Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt ticket holders may enter the museum starting at 5 p.m.


About the performANCE

Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Katie Hyun, violin
Caeli Smith, viola
Nathan Schram, viola
Sæunn Thorsteinsdottír, cello
Anthony Manzo, bass
Brandon Patrick George, flute

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN: Divertimento for Flute, Violin, and Cello in G Major, Hob. IV:7
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Syrinx for Solo flute
STEVE REICH: Vermont Counterpoint for Flute and Tape
JOSEPH HAYDN: Divertimento in G Major, Hob II:2


LUIGI BOCCHERINI: Flute Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 19, No. 5
BÉLA BARTÓK: from 44 Duos for Two Violins, Sz. 98
STEVE REICH: Clapping Music
JOSEPH LANNER: Marien-Walzer, Op. 143
LANNER: Die Romantiker, Op. 167


Performance at the open-air Domo, a 98-foot-long, 16-foot-tall, acoustically rich sculptural structure designed by the innovative Ensamble Studio

Performance at Tippet Rise Art Center’s open-air Domo, a 98-foot-long, 16-foot-tall, acoustically rich sculptural structure designed by the innovative Ensamble Studio, who also designed the Petrified River installation currently on view in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at Cooper Hewitt.