Inspired by the Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) Federal Music Project during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild is a summer concert series that celebrates both classical music and the Oregon outdoors in experiences that are accessible to all Oregonians, regardless of economic status, political affiliation, education, or age.
With a 9’ Steinway grand piano on a trailer, pianist Hunter Noack replaces the traditional concert hall with forests, fields, and deserts. The live classical music is transmitted to the audience through wireless headphones, which gives them freedom to wander through each landscape.
Free tickets are offered to locals and the social expectations associated with performing arts are completely removed: no VIP areas, limits on where guests can go, or what they can do during a concert.
Since 2016, 5,795 people from every county in Oregon have attended and many thousands more have experienced it through television, radio, and digital broadcasts. 43 guest artists (poets, musicians, dancers, and visual artists) have been featured in 47 concerts. 57% of concert tickets were provided for free; and 39% of audience members had never previously been to a classical music event. Over 1,000 written endorsements have come from audience members, partner organizations and government officials.