Lizzo invited to perform at James Madison’s home

Playing James Madison’s 2-century-old crystal flute last week earned Lizzo praise, criticism and most recently an invitation to tour the Founding Father’s home in Montpelier, Vt.

The team managing Madison’s estate has offered the singer the opportunity to perform at the fourth US President’s sprawling 2,650-acre estate, The Times confirmed.

“Montpelier has enthusiastically invited Lizzo to perform and share her unparalleled talent,” a Times official said in a statement Monday. “Given how busy Lizzo’s schedule is, both James Madison’s Montpelier and the Montpelier Descendants Committee would be over the moon if the superstar brought her music to Montpelier, home of President James Madison, the US Constitution and generations of enslaved Americans .”

TMZ, who first broke the news, said the property also offered the singer an invitation to a private tour of Madison’s home.

Whether Lizzo will actually stop by the house remains uncertain as the “About Damn Time” singer resumes her “Special” tour. Her next stop is Monday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. She will come to the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on November 18th and 19th.

Days before her concert at the nation’s Capitol, singer Carla Hayden replied to the 14th Librarian to Congress: who tweeted pictures the library’s woodwind collection, including Madison’s instrument. She tagged the singer and asked her to see the “world’s largest collection of flutes” and “even play a pair if you’re in DC next week.”

Lizzo’s answer?

“I’M COMING CARLA! AND I PLAY THE CRYSTAL FLUTE!!!!!” She said.

In an Instagram video posted last week showing a snippet of her DC performance, Lizzo carefully picked up the 1813 flute and played a few notes. “It’s crystal, it’s like playing out of a wine glass, b-” she said.

The instrument was given to Madison by Claude Laurent, a Paris watchmaker and mechanic, in the early 1800s on the occasion of his second inauguration, according to the Library of Congress.

After Lizzo’s turn with the flute, Hayden celebrated the singer on Twitter, which reads, “YOU who just made this story a lot cooler.” But it wasn’t just Hayden who cheered on the “Special” singer. She also got her flowers from Grimes, law professor and columnist Tiffany C. Li, and others.

(There were also critics, like conservative pundit Ben Shapiro, who tweeted, “Lizzo’s appearance in real clothes at the Library of Congress was delightful! However, toying with bits and pieces of American history is demeaning and vulgarizing — and this is the clip the media celebrated.

In addition to the love Lizzo got for her Crystal Flute performance, Twitter users have joked that the singer should also be given access to a host of other artifacts – real and imaginative – including the liberty bell, a Neanderthal flute, Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet and even the Ocarina of Time from Legend of Zelda.

“Some of these Lizzo Flute tweets are worth their weight in gold”, she tweeted in reply Monday.

Nardine Saad, a Times contributor, contributed to this report.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-10-03/lizzo-james-madison-home-flute Lizzo invited to perform at James Madison’s home

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