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Pianist aims to create soundtrack for the outdoors

Classical pianist Hunter Noack plays at the Stoller Family Estate Vineyard and Winery in Oregon. He’s bringing his ‘In a Landscape’ outdoor concert series to Tiburon’s McKegney Green on May 19. (via Hunter Noack)

With his “In a Landscape” outdoor concert series, classic pianist Hunter Noack says he tries to create a soundtrack to nature.

 

Attendees don wireless headphones, akin to a silent disco, and can roam freely or stay in place as they listen to Noack play pieces from Claude Debussy, Frédéric Chopin and others on a Steinway grand piano.



The goal, Noack says, is for concert-goers “to notice all of the magic that’s around us.”

 

“What happens so often when we’re outside is we’re doing something. We’re going on a hike or we’re having a picnic or playing a game,” he says. “But what experiencing live music does in the outdoors is it just kind of creates this background kind of soundtrack space where then all of your other senses are kind of freed up just to feel or to see.”


 


Noack will bring the series to McKegney Green at 4 p.m. May 19. Tickets are on sale now for the 90-minute concert, which is sponsored by the town’s Heritage and Arts Commission and funded in part by the town’s Public Art Project Fund.


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