During her Tuesday night performance in the nation’s capital, Lizzo used a crystal flute that belonged to James Madison. The Library of Congress offered Lizzo the chance to “play a few” flutes from its large collection in the days preceding up to the concert. Lizzo, a classically trained flutist, couldn’t refuse the offer, and so history was created on stage on Tuesday.
The speaker exclaimed, “This is really insane. Lizzo said, “I have to be incredibly careful” as she started to introduce the evening’s very important guest. In honor of James Madison’s second presidential term, a French crystal flute manufacturer presented him with this piece around the turn of the nineteenth century. A fire broke out… A painting of George Washington and this crystal flute were the only items that survived.
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Continuing, Lizzo said, “I am the first person to ever play it, so you are about to hear what it sounds like for the first time.” Next, a staff member from the Library of Congress presented Lizzo with the instrument. She stared at it in awe for a while, then played a few notes and twerked a little before returning it to the representative.
She proclaimed, “Bitch, I just twerked and played James Madison’s 1800s flute!” We appreciate the Library of Congress’s efforts to keep our past accessible and relevant. It’s time you guys realized that history is totally awesome.
See the event as captured by a fan below.
Making history in DC: @lizzo playing James Madison’s crystal flute from @librarycongress tonight! @nbcwashington @Telemundo44 pic.twitter.com/kYTTacURyZ
— Vince Lattanzio (@VinceLattanzio) September 28, 2022
The first stop of Lizzo’s “Special Tour,” in support of her most recent album of the same name, was in Florida this past weekend (read our review here). Here you can purchase tickets for upcoming performances.
That time @lizzo got to play James Madison’s flute holy shit. #history pic.twitter.com/4kwivayiQz
— Batman (@batmaniatis) September 28, 2022
The @librarycongress has the largest flute collection in the world with more than 1,800. It incl Pres James Madison’s 1813 crystal flute. @lizzo we would love for you to come see it and even play a couple when you are in DC next week. Like your song they are “Good as hell.”😉 pic.twitter.com/2FkUFZfIYh
— Carla Hayden (@LibnOfCongress) September 23, 2022
History at @CapitalOneArena with @lizzo playing Pres James Madison’s 1813 crystal flute from the @librarycongress! #Lizzo @WashProbs @nprmusic @PoPville pic.twitter.com/K1C4ItHCqA
— dcitty (@dcitty) September 28, 2022
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