Classical Music in the Wild Returns to Smith Rock


May 21, 2018


If you didn’t get a chance to experience “In a Landscape,” (IAL)—a confluence of music, nature, and technology, last year at Smith Rock, now’s your chance. The first performance in July sold out before we could tell you about it, but another has been added, for September 11.

Hunter Noack performs live outdoors on his 9-foot Steinway grand piano. He hauls it on his performing platform to the middle of forests, fields, calderas and historical sites for classical music concerts. And back by popular demand, to Smith Rock.

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"this project brings together two things i love most: classical music and the great outdoors."

Hunter Noack

A native Oregonian, Hunter started IAL in 2016 to bring live classical music to public lands across Oregon and Southern Washington at low or no cost to the general public.

The technology piece of the concert is the transmission of the music via wireless headphones that allow audiences to wander and explore the landscape, while at the same time meeting the acoustical challenges of performing in the wild.

Hunter will set up his piano platform just off of the "RV Parking lot" where listeners can hang out and watch the last of the day's rays go behind the rock walls across the river. They can also wander around on the Rim Rock Trail looking at the rocks, flora, and fauna of Smith Rock while they listen through special headsets.

Listening through headphones on the Rim Rock Trail to "In a Landscape" performance-
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here at smith rock

september 11

5:30-7:00 PM

Hunter performs in 2018 at Smith Rock State Park- click to enlarge

Location of the Smith Rock performance.

Imagine yourself here on the night of September 11—just one of the views you'll have.

Imagine yourself here on the night of September 11—just one of the views you'll have.

Regular tickets are $25, and are required to reserve headsets for the full In a Landscape experience. There are a limited number of FREE tickets for Oregon Trail Card holders and those 25 years old and under. There is a also $5 parking per vehicle day use fee required to park at Smith Rock.