• 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.” 

Wyoming’s Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole has introduced the results of a major renovation in time for summer season. All suites, guest rooms and public hallways have been fully refreshed utilizing subtle colors and earth elements such as woods and metals. 

 

Mountain Meetings had the good fortune to connect with Eric Veraguth, director of golf at Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, California. He wrote this helpful guest article about holding outstanding golf outings for groups. 

By  Eric Veraguth

 

New Mexico’s mountain towns provide an environment like none other—a mix of rich culture, artistic influences, and scenic beauty sure to boost your team’s creativity.

“It’s something that’s in the air, it’s just different. The sky is different, the stars are different, the wind is different,” noted American modernist Georgia O’Keeffe when describing the mountainous terrain of New Mexico. The renowned painter was captivated by—and for good reason—the Land of Enchantment, which reflects the intersection of cultures over the years.