Oregon Coast Today highlights the 2017 “In a Landscape” series featuring Oregon native and internationally-renowned pianist Hunter Noack. Noack makes a stop at Newport’s Agate Beach Golf Course on Wednesday, Sept 13 with members of Pink Martini: bandleader Thomas Lauderdale, Nicholas Crosa on violin and Pansy Chang on cello.
To be clear this concert is on the green, not inside a clubhouse. Noack performs 13 outdoor concerts in the series, transporting his nine-foot Steinway grand piano to each venue from the Astoria Column to Crater Lake National Park. “This project brings together two things I love most,” Noack said, “classical music and the great outdoors.”
Noack plays with a variety of local musicians and groups that accompany him in each location. There is some seating for the audience, but wireless headphones allow concert goers to walk through the surrounding setting while listening to the performance.
From Noack’s website: The music became a live soundtrack accompanying each person’s outdoor odyssey and the concert location itself was as important as the music played. In the spirit of the WPA’s 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” is free by ticket reservation with a $25 recommended donation.
The series is sponsored in part by Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Oregon Community Foundation of Oregon and SW Washington.