At a live performance in Washington on Tuesday night time, Lizzo paused her efficiency when a lady got here on stage with a flute.
Carrying a glittery bodysuit, the singer held the instrument rigorously.
“Wow,” she mentioned. Holding it as much as the viewers, Lizzo defined: “It’s crystal. It’s like taking part in out of a wine glass.”
She proceeded to play a be aware. As the group went wild, Lizzo trilled the flute whereas twerking.
“I simply twerked and performed James Madison’s crystal flute from the 1800s,” Lizzo instructed the viewers, after returning the flute. “We simply made historical past tonight.”
In an Instagram caption to video of the second, Lizzo wrote in all-caps: “IT’S LITERALLY AN HEIRLOOM – LIKE… AS A FLUTE PLAYER THIS IS ICONIC AND I WILL NEVER BE OVER IT.”
Madison was the fourth US president, in workplace from 1809 to 1817. Ordinarily, his crystal flute is housed on the Library of Congress. It was specifically made for Madison’s second inauguration by Claude Laurent, a French watchmaker and mechanic. Madison’s title and title are engraved on the instrument, as is 1813, the 12 months it was made.
Some consider Dolley Madison, the primary girl, saved the flute together with a well-known portrait of George Washington, the primary president, earlier than British troops burned the White Home in 1814.
Greater than 200 years later, Lizzo, who was born Melissa Jefferson, put the flute again within the highlight. By Thursday, a video of her taking part in Madison’s flute had been preferred greater than 350,000 instances on Instagram.
The day earlier than her live performance, Lizzo was invited to the Library of Congress to discover its flute assortment – it has practically 2,000 of them – and to check out a number of the devices, together with Madison’s flute.
To a small viewers of employees members, she performed a bit within the library Nice Corridor. She later posted a video of her efficiency on her Instagram account.
“She is amazingly proficient,” Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford, curator for the Library of Congress flute assortment, instructed the Washington Put up. “It was one comfortable afternoon watching her take pleasure in and love being on the library and Nice Corridor.”
A classically educated flautist, Lizzo has used her personal instrument, named Sasha Flute, at live shows, typically twerking whereas taking part in.
In a video posted to Instagram, Sasha Flute “narrated” a video of Lizzo attempting out devices from the Library of Congress assortment.
“Baby, I don’t know what flute that is, however that’s 500-year-old spit she tasting,” the narrator mentioned as Lizzo performed one small flute.
As Lizzo performed Madison’s flute on Tuesday, she drew roars from the group. She then thanked the library.
“Thanks to the Library of Congress for preserving our historical past and making historical past so freaking cool,” she mentioned. “Historical past is freaking cool, you guys.”