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Published on September 5, 2017 10:02AM

Newport’s Agate Beach Golf Course will be the unlikely venue for a star turn by pianist Hunter Noack on Wednesday, Sept 13, as he travels the Pacific Northwest with his nine-foot Steinway grand piano.

The performance is part of the “In a Landscape” series, which will see Noack perform 13 outdoor concerts at venues throughout Oregon and Southern Washington, including the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, the Astoria Column and Crater Lake National Park.

“This project brings together two things I love most,” Noack said, “classical music and the great outdoors.”

Noack is scheduled to appear alongside a trio of guest artists from Pink Martini: Thomas Lauderdale on piano, Nicholas Crosa on violin and Pansy Chang on cello.

The project has been designed in the spirit of the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Music and Theatre Projects, which presented thousands of free concerts and plays in theaters, public spaces and parks across the country during the Great Depression. A donation-based reservation system allows guests to reserve tickets for free, as well as for a recommended donation of $25.

Concertgoers will receive wireless headphones on a first-come-first-served basis, allowing them to take in the performance from wherever they choose on the golf course.

Golf course owner Ramona Martin, a family friend of Noack’s, made the venue available to help draw attention to the work of the Ernest Bloch Legacy Project.

The concert is part of the formal dedication ceremony for the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside that honors the Swiss-born American composer Ernest Bloch, who lived in Newport from 1941 to 1959.

Noack is a native Oregonian and an internationally acclaimed concert pianist who integrates literature, visual art, dance, theater and design in his presentations of classical music. 

He studied at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory and received a bachelor’s degree from University of Southern California. 

The Sept. 13 concert will begin at 6 pm at Agate Beach Golf Course, 4100 NE Golf Course Drive, Newport. For ticket reservations, go to www.HunterNoack.com.

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