• Beautiful Music in Remote Outdoor Spaces

     
    POSTED September 7, 2022
     
  • Beautiful Music in Remote Outdoor Spaces

     
    POSTED September 7, 2022
     
  • Beautiful Music in Remote Outdoor Spaces

     
    POSTED September 7, 2022
     

One of the most interesting activities I’ve run across lately for groups artfully combines music and picturesque vistas. This description fits many outdoor concert series and music festivals that are held in mountain towns, especially in summer and fall. However, very few involve a Steinway grand piano and wireless headphones in the middle of nature.

IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild, established in 2016 by classical pianist Hunter Noack, replaces the traditional concert hall with America’s stunning landscapes. A 9-foot Steinway is transported on a flatbed trailer to national parks, working ranches, farms, historical sites, and urban greenspaces for classical music concerts by Noack that connect people with the specific landscape. The music is transmitted to concert-goers via wireless headphones to address the acoustical challenges of performing in the wild and allow participants to wander around, lie in a sunny meadow, perch on a rocky outcropping, and admire the reflections in a nearby waterway. 

Based in Portland, Oregon, IN A LANDSCAPE has presented about 170 concerts in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, New York, and California. Inspired by the Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) Federal Music and Theatre Projects, which presented thousands of free concerts and plays during The Great Depression, IN A LANDSCAPE events are offered primarily in rural communities for free or on a subsidized basis. Guest artists have included poets, visual artists, dancers, and musicians.

IN A LANDSCAPE is available for corporate events. A prime example is a performance during Netflix’s annual retreat held in Utah last summer. Lori Noack, executive director of the nonprofit, says, “We have a slightly different model so that we can accommodate the goals of the group, which is typically different than those of concert-goers in a traditional setting.” 

Uncharted Society works with outfitters across the globe to give groups and individuals the opportunity to try motorsports on BRP-certified vehicles. Teams can bond in some of the nation’s most beautiful spots on a wide range of nature tours offered on land, snow, and sea. Check out these three examples from Colorado and Utah. 

 

A mountain meeting in Alaska has a special quality. It’s a state firmly located on many peoples’ must-see lists, so when an incentive trip, executive retreat, or small meeting is announced with this state as the locale, you can be sure it will brew interest. Here is news of note for groups regarding two small lodging properties with access to Fairbanks and Denali, a shorter cruising option with Windstar Cruises, and new activities ideal for experiencing unique facets of Alaska. 

 

Looking for something a little different to plug your group into and a venue they will be talking about long after a gathering concludes? Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the winter home and laboratory of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, might be the solution with its Sunsets and Sips and Wellness Series