Pianist arrives for residency at park

Haleakala National Park, in partnership with the National Parks Arts Foundation, has announced that acclaimed young pianist Hunter Noack will become the inaugural NPAF Artist in Residence in 2017.

Noack will spend the month of December working and composing music in the park’s volcanic environment.

Noack will also perform a free public concert at Seabury Hall’s ‘A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center in Makawao at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18. The event is sponsored with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Noack is known for his expressive performances of Liszt and other demanding classical and modern pieces, according to an announcement.

Noack plans to work on a composition during his residency, which he sees as a unique opportunity for artists like himself to work onsite and in context with traditions that inspire all.

“To have silence and space to create is a very special gift that the NPS and National Parks Arts Foundation have offered,” the artist said.

Originally from Oregon, Noack grew up in the outdoors and feels a strong draw to the power of landscape. “After living in cities for 10 years (San Francisco, Los Angeles and London), I moved back to green Oregon. I had forgotten how much I loved being outside. I wanted to combine the two things I love most: classical music and the outdoors.”