IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild @ Alvord Desert 6pm, Sat, 9/23

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Alvord Desert Hot Springs

36095 E Steens Rd

Princeton, OR 97721

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Tickets: FREE. Reservations required. $25 suggested donation

Hunter Noack performs live on a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano on the dry lake-bed near Alvord Hot Springs. The closest community is Fields, Oregon (11 miles south of Alvord Hot Springs).

All-Wheel-Drive vehicles recommended. Parking at the hot springs is limited. There is a $5 access road to the lakebed. Please meet at the Alvord Hot Springs for check-in.

Q: "Playa" or "Lake-bed?"

A: "LAKE BED!" City-folk refer to the lake-bed as a "playa". Locals refer to it as the "lake-bed".

Alvord Hot Springs campgrounds are SOLD OUT but the hot springs will be open until 9pm to guests for their usual $5 soaking fee.


IN A LANDSCAPE 2017 presents 13 live concerts on a Steinway D piano in some of the most spectacular landscapes across Oregon and Southern Washington, from Astoria Column to the Alvord Desert, from Crater Lake to Baker City and Pendleton. Modeled after the trending “silent disco,” live solo piano and chamber music will be broadcast via radio transmitter to wireless headphones (100 available on first-come first-serve basis), giving concert-goers the freedom to watch the musicians, or wander through secret glens, lie in sunny meadows and roam old growth forests.

Hunter created this project in 2016 with government support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, just as millions of Americans from 1935-1943 were hired by the U.S. Work Projects Administration (WPA). The WPA employed over 40,000 musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors to complete individual cultural projects as part of the WPA's Federal Project Number One. For information on all 2017 IN A LANDSCAPE concert dates and locations, visit the Organizer Profile page where you'll find links to this year's series in venues across Oregon and southern Washington.

Hunter and special guests [violinist Nicholas Crosa, cellist Pansy Chang, singer Katie Harman Ebner (Miss America 2002), Pink Martini band leader Thomas M. Lauderdale, members of Portland Chamber Orchestra, Rogue Valley Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Sunriver Music Fetival Young Artists Program, and Hood River String Quartet] will perform music of Liszt, Schubert, Brahms, Ravel, Bloch, and Cage.

2017 Series sponsors include the Oregon Community Foundation, Jordan D. Schnitzer, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Confluence Project, National Parks Service, Oregon State Parks, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Suttle Lake Lodge, Performing Arts Initiative, Wallace and Priscilla Stevenson Family, Paul and Tonya Davis Family, Columbia Gorge Hotel, University of Oregon, Ikram LLC, Avista.


At 4000 elevation, the Alvord Desert is a dry lakebed that sits in the rainshadow of Steens Mountain. The nearest community is Fields Oregon, pop. 86. Paul and Tonya Davis (and family) are generously hosting the concert on the lake bed near the Alvord Hot Springs. The Hot Springs is owned and operated by the Davis family and will remain open to the public ($5 entrance fee) until 9pm. Campsites at the Alvord Hot Springs are SOLD OUT. If you want to camp, you are welcome to on the southern half of the lakebed, which is operated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). We ask that you respect the land by adhereing to a Leave No trace policy on the Davis property and on BLM public land.



All-Wheel-Drive vehicles recommended. Parking at the hot springs is limited. There is an access road to the playa.


Campgrounds at the Alvord Hot Springs are SOLD OUT. You may camp on the lake bed, which is BLM land. There are NO facilities (water, toilets, electricity) on the lake bed. The nearest campground with toilets is There are two access points to the lake bed. One is at the Alvord Hot Springs ($5) and one public access is about half mile south of Alvord Hot Springs.

Yes. You may also purchase beer, ice, and snacks at the Alvord Hot Springs store.


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36095 E Steens Rd

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