About In A Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild
IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild is an outdoor concert series in stunning landscapes that showcase Oregon industry, history, and culture. We bring a 9-foot Steinway grand piano to the middle of forests, fields, calderas, and historical sites for classical music concerts. To meet the acoustical challenges of performing in the wild, music is transmitted via wireless headphones. No longer confined to seats, you can explore the landscape, wander through secret glens, lie in sunny meadows, and roam old-growth forests.
In the spirit of the Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) Federal Music and Theatre Projects, which presented thousands of free concerts and plays in theaters, public spaces and parks across the country during the Depression, IN A LANDSCAPE events are offered primarily in rural communities for free or on a donation basis.
Classical pianist and native Oregonian Hunter Noack uses literature, visual art, dance, drama, and design to create a more dynamic classical music experience. Winner of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the coLABorate Award in London, Moritzburg Audience Prize in Germany, and director of numerous cross-arts collaborations in the U.S and Europe, NY’s Rising Star Piano Series calls Hunter “a true artist in a renaissance sense of the word.” Raised in Sunriver, Oregon and is now based in Portland, Oregon, Hunter most recently created “In a Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild” with government support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, just as millions of Americans from 1935-1943 were hired by the U.S. Work Projects Administration (WPA). Timberline Lodge, one of the series’ seven venues, was built during this program. The WPA also employed over 40,000 musicians, artists, writers, actors, and directors to complete individual cultural projects as part of the WPA’s Federal Project Number One. Seventy-some years later, “In a Landscape” is Hunter’s testimony to the possibilities for public benefit when society supports the visions and productions of individual artists.