Lizzo Becomes the ‘First and Only’ Person to Play the 200-Year-Old Crystal Flute of James Madison – Rolling Stone

“Nobody has ever heard what it feels like… now you do,” she mentioned

However may James Madison twerk like that? Whereas performing in Washington, D.C. Tuesday night time, Lizzo was handed the prized crystal flute of the Founding Father and was allowed to play a number of notes throughout her reside present on the Capitol One Area. The “heirloom” had by no means been performed earlier than — till Lizzo.

“I’m the primary & solely individual to play this presidential crystal flute its actually an heirloom— like… as a flute participant that is iconic and I’ll by no means be over it,” Lizzo wrote on Instagram sharing a video of the second. “The library of congress let me play their historic 200 12 months previous crystal flute on stage tonight— nobody has ever heard what it feels like… now you do.”

The historic second got here a number of days after the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden tweeted an invite to have Lizzo cease by the Library to see “the biggest flute assortment on the planet.” She wrote on the time, “Lizzo, we’d love so that you can come see it and even play a pair if you end up in DC subsequent week. Like your music they’re ‘Good as hell.’”

Mid-show, Lizzo spoke about her thrilling expertise visiting the Library of Congress, saying that they let her play “so many stunning flutes that had been archived and previous.”

“Make some noise for James Madison’s crystal flute y’all. We received the Capitol police and the key service and everyone on this bitch,” she mentioned.

Lizzo then instructed the story concerning the flute: it was gifted to Madison within the early 1800s by a French flute designer to have a good time his second inauguration. “There was a hearth when he was away, and the one issues that had been saved had been the portrait of George Washington and this crystal flute proper right here,” she mentioned earlier than being handed the flute.

Lizzo then performed a observe earlier than doing her signature flute-playin’ whereas twerkin’.

The “About Rattling Time” singer’s present in D.C. is simply the third of her Particular Tour, which she introduced again in April. She’s being accompanied by Latto and is about to finish her tour in mid-November at Los Angeles’ Kia Discussion board.

In accordance with NPR, the flute could have been certainly one of a handful of issues that former First Woman Dolley Madison took from the White Home after British troops set hearth to D.C. in 1814.

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