The Library of Congress let Lizzo play James Madison's 200-year-old crystal flute at her DC concert

Lizzo holds an 1813 crystal flute gifted to President James Madison now held at the Library of Congress.
Lizzo holds an 1813 crystal flute gifted to President James Madison now held at the Library of Congress.Library of Congress
  • Lizzo played James Madison's 200-year-old flute at her Washington D.C. concert.

  • The Library of Congress lent Lizzo the crystal flute to play a few notes for her audience.

  • "History is freaking cool, guys!" Lizzo shouted to her crowd at the show Tuesday.

The Library of Congress gave Lizzo's "Special Tour" a whole new meaning on Tuesday.

The "About Damn Time" singer — and noted classically trained flutist — played former President James Madison's 200-year-old crystal flute at her Washington D.C. concert on Tuesday, lent to her by the Library of Congress.

"We just did a DNA test. Turns out: It's 100% that [crystal] flute @lizzo played at her D.C. stop on the #SpecialTour tonight," The Library of Congress tweeted late Tuesday, accompanied by a photo of the flute.

"It's safe & sound back at the Library now," it continued.

 

The Capitol Police "helped safely escort President James Madison's 1813 crystal flute to the @lizzo concert," the Police Department tweeted Wednesday.

"You never know what you're going to see with the U.S. Capitol Police!" the department said.

Lizzo shared a clip of her from the show, playing the crystal flute while clad in a sparkling bodysuit.

"It's crystal. It's like playing out of a wine glass, so be patient," Lizzo said to a cheering crowd.

After playing a few notes, the singer's jaw dropped and she raised the flute over her head.

"Bitch I just twerked and played James Madison's crystal flute from the 1800s!" she said.

In a second post, Lizzo said she is the first person to ever play the flute, adding: "AS A FLUTE PLAYER THIS IS ICONIC AND I WILL NEVER BE OVER IT."

"We just made history tonight!" Lizzo shouted to the audience. "Thank you to the Library of Congress for preserving our history and making history freaking cool! History is freaking cool you guys!"

According to the Library of Congress, the flute was made in 1813 by Claude Laurent, a clock and flute maker who opted to use glass instead of silver, copper-nickel, gold, or wood because he said glass held pitch and tone better during temperature and humidity changes.

The Library of Congress said Laurent sent Madison the crystal flute to celebrate his second inauguration.

"When Lizzo asked if she could play the flute at her Tuesday concert in front of thousands of fans, the Library's collection, preservation and security teams were up [to] the challenge," the Library of Congress said. "At the Library, curators ensure that the item can be transported in a customized protective container and a Library curator and security officer are always guarding the item until it is secured once more."

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