always the pioneerLizzo scored another first during her tour stop in Washington, DC, playing an approximately 200-year-old glass flute that belonged to a former US president.
The “About Damn Time” singer and accomplished flute player carefully played the delicate woodwind instrument, which was sent as a gift to James Madison in 1813 by French flute-maker Claude Laurent. the Library of Congress he has kept the flute in his vault for decades before allowing Lizzo to play it on stage.
In images shared by concertgoers, Lizzo handled the flute with enthusiasm and finesse under the careful watch of Library staff and Capitol Police. She briefly shared the history of the flute with her audience and said that she was “the first person to play it.”
“B***h, I’m scared,” he said to laughter from the audience. It is glass. It’s like playing with a glass of wine, bitch, so be patient.”
She played a note on the crystal flute, stopping excitedly after it made a sound, according to a video shared by Lizzo on social media. Then, he blew a few more notes, cautiously twerking as he played, as is his signature. After a few seconds, she held the flute high in the air, victorious, and carefully handed it back to the waiting staff a few feet away.
“B***h, I just twerked and played James Madison’s glass flute from the 1800s,” he said in disbelief. “We just made history tonight!”
Lizzo then thanked the library for “preserving our history” and reminded her fans that “history is great.”
Earlier this week, the Library of Congress invited Lizzo to visit its collection of 1,700 flutes, the largest in the world, according to the Library. He first carefully played the flute before “serenading employees and some researchers” with a “more practical” woodwind instrument, the Library said.
Lizzo asked the Library if she could play the famous flute for a few moments during her show in Washington, and the Library agreed, though they sent Capitol Police and several other security personnel along with the flute to ensure your safety.
The recent Emmy winner regularly plays the flute during her concerts and has experimented with other rare and valuable flutes, included a 18k gold instrumentalthough he likes a wind instrument called sasha flute.
The flute is exceptionally rare: The Library of Congress has 20 flutes made by Laurent in its vault, but it is only one of two made of glass, according to the Library. Madison’s custom-made flute contained a silver gasket, engraved with her name.
But its journey to the Library’s collection was tortuous and took more than 100 years. The flute may have been saved by first lady Dolley Madison during the White House fire in 1814, the Library said. It came into the possession of Dolley Madison’s son from her first marriage, John Payne Todd, who bequeathed it to Washington-based Dr. Cornelius Boyle.
Boyle’s descendants allowed the flute to be displayed in 1903 in the US National Museum, an original part of the Smithsonian Institution, until it was purchased by Dayton C. Miller, another physician and wind instrument enthusiast. He later donated the crystal flute, along with 1,700 instruments, to the Library in 1941, where the flute has remained until his stage debut with Lizzo.