Unique outdoor concerts on the Oregon South Coast connect you to nature in Coos Bay, Brookings

Posted 7/12/22 8:19 PM PST
By the staff of the Oregon Coast Beach Connection

(Coos Bay, Oregon) – A different kind of outdoor concert series is coming to the southern Oregon coast, where listening to live music doesn’t stop you from wandering the gardens and soaking up the sights and of the atmosphere of the beach. You’re connected to the performance by a signal transmitted in special headphones, so you don’t miss a nuance of the perfect sound mix. (Shore Acres State Park Gardens – photo courtesy of Friends of Shore Acres)

It’s all the brainchild of classical pianist Hunter Noack, who performs these unique shows at Shore Acres State Park in Coos Bay on August 23, 24 and 25, then at Brookings and Crissey Field State Recreation Site on August 27.

The series is called IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild, and it’s a special non-profit organization formed by Noack several years ago.

Another pair of Gearhart shows in July have already sold out.

The shows are all outdoors, in the wilderness of the Oregon Coast, among the foliage, the forest and not far from the crashing breakers of the ocean. The ticket price includes the use of their headphones, where a perfectly balanced mix of the performer or performers is sent via a wireless signal to your ensemble. You are no longer confined to the seats in front and can walk around freely.

At Shore Acres, you can stroll among the abundant flowers and experience the waves below while listening. From here you can see the sloping and jagged shapes of the area’s cliffs and some of the most spectacular waves in the area. At Crissey Field, you can walk around the field and admire this forest and the raging tide nearby. It’s the southernmost point in Oregon, straddling the California border in one place.

Crissey Field, Courtesy Bonnie Morela

Noack founded the nonprofit in 2016 and has been traveling the United States and its outdoor spaces ever since, using a 9-foot Steinway grand piano transported on a flatbed trailer. National and state parks, urban green spaces, farms and historic sites have all met his captivating take on the outdoor spectacle, featuring largely classical music.

Noack said the idea for the headphones came from the acoustic challenges of outdoor performances, but ended up creating an enhanced experience.

Courtesy of Oregon Adventure Coast

IN A LANDSCAPE partnered with the Oregon State Department of Parks and Recreation (OPRD) this year to celebrate its 100th anniversary. With this sponsorship, tickets that normally cost $35 may be free for some. Click here to see how to access or if you may qualify. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/in-a-landscape-10898118534. Shore Acres shows August 23-25 ​​start at 6 p.m.

At Crissey Field, the show is also at 6 p.m.

For all shows, it is advisable to arrive 45 minutes in advance.

According to Oregon’s Adventure Coast, the Coos Bay area tourism organization, pets are not permitted in the Garden at Shore Acres. There is a $5 per day parking fee at Shore Acres State Park. Cash only, credit and debit cards not accepted.

The shows are rain or shine and will be canceled in case of bad weather.

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