In a Landscape
Local musician brings classical music to the wild
Passersby near Stevens Pavilion in Hoyt Arboretum Thursday evening, noting the empty chairs at a musical performance inside, might have thought that the performers were not popular or the environment unpleasant but they would be mistaken.
Music aficionados were there in force, but many were wandering under the tree boughs, enjoying the music through earphones as intended as part of Portland pianist Hunter Noack's "In a Landscape: Music in the Wild" project, a series of classical music performances in the outdoors, using the earphones to enhance the experience and mitigate potential environmental interference.
The series of performances, grant and donation funded, was inspired by the Depression-era Works Projects Administration, a stimulus work program that used as many artists as it did other trades.
"This is the spirit of Oregon, the Wild West, where nothing is impossible, where the wagons circle round and everyone gives what they can to build something greater than any one person," wrote Noack in his project statement.
IN A LANDSCAPE
For tickets and more information, go to hunternoack.com
The series launched Aug. 20 at the iconic Vista House on the Columbia Gorge, with guest performer China Forbes of Pink Martini. The Portland band was represented at Stevens Pavilion Thursday, as Noack's partner Thomas Lauderdale Pink Martini's band leader and pianist joined him in a piano duet by Schubert. Fellow Pink Martini artists and accomplished classical musicians in their own right, cellist Pansy Chang and violinist Nicholas Crosa, also joined Noack.
Four more performances remain in the series, which are free but tickets are required and donations requested.