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A stunning natural connection to classical music

Posted on May 24, 2023 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Late this week, a flat-bed truck will pull into Jack London State Park and unload a nine-foot Steinway grand piano. The cargo, traveling from San Francisco and later bound for state and national parks in Oregon, is the heart of IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild, an outdoor concert series with America’s most stunning landscapes replacing the traditional concert hall.

On Saturday, May 27, Beauty Ranch Meadow joins the roster of unexpected outdoor venues with a 5:30pm live piano performance by Hunter Noack.

To enhance the experience in the wild, sound is transmitted to concertgoers via state-of-the-art wireless headphones. No longer confined to seats, or even the confines of auditorium seats, the audience is free to explore and connect with the surrounding landscapes. During the concert, the headsets will carry the music throughout the meadow, the historic winery ruins and around the Londons’ cottage and barns.

“I love classical music and I love being outdoors,” Noack says. “I believe that spending time in nature makes us better people, and I also believe in the power of classical music and something about putting those two things together makes for a really magical experience.”

Tickets to this event are $40.  The park entry fee of $10 per vehicle (up to nine passengers) is not included.

For more information about IN A LANDSCAPE and its 40-concert tour

Born in Newport, Oregon in 1988, concert pianist Hunter Noack grew up hunting, fishing, and kayaking the rivers of Oregon. Hunter is the founder and artistic director of IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild™, where traditional concert halls are replaced by forests, fields, deserts, and riverbank vistas.  Inspired by Hunter’s passions, the organization’s mission is to remove barriers to access classical music and the great outdoors.  His projects have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Portland Monthly, on CBS This Morning, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud and Art Beat.

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