Lizzo plays antique flutes during a visit to the Library of Congress

Musician Lizzo played several flutes during a tour of the US Library of Congress on September 26, the library said, the day before she performed in concert a crystal flute made in 1813 for US President James Madison.

The singer, a classically trained flautist, was guest at the library by Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress. Lizzo replied in a tweet, and so the visit took place.

In the video here, Lizzo is seen in the library’s flute chest, which houses “the largest collection of flutes in the world”, according to Hayden. She also gives performances in the main reading room and the great hall of the library. Credit: Library of Congress via Storyful

Video transcript

[FLUTE MUSIC]

[APPLAUSE, CHEERING]

LIZZO: Thanks!

[FLUTE MUSIC]

OK. I’m just gonna give you the–

[FLUTE TREMOLO]

[APPLAUSE, CHEERING]

Thanks!

[FLUTE MUSIC]

[APPLAUSE, CHEERING]

[CHATTER]

And they will show you everything.

LIZZO: Wow.

Oh my God.

This is where all the flutes are. The American premiere of this piece took place at the Coolidge Auditorium…

LIZZO: Wow.

— on the other side of the street. And Rampal played it. And here is the flute that…

[LIZZO SHRIEKS]

[LAUGHTER]

LIZZO: You scared me! can i play it? Or not?

Yes!

You can play it.

LIZZO: I hope my lipstick doesn’t…

Does it still work?

LIZZO: Right? That’s what I want to know.

We will see!

Oh.

[FLUTE MUSIC]

LIZZO: When was this done? 15 what?

85.

[FLUTE MUSIC]

LIZZO: How do you play “Oochie Wally Wally on that?”

[LAUGHTER]

[FLUTE MUSIC]

[APPLAUSE, CHEERING]

[AUDIO LOGO]

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