Music in the American Wild

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Date: July 25, 2016
Contact: Denise Shultz

Sedro Woolley, WAMusic in the American Wild will provide five free performances as a part of the National Park Service Centennial year celebrations on August 7, 8, and 10. Imagine hearing the sounds of classical music echoing across the Cascade Mountains as an ensemble of seven musicians perform newly composed works inspired by majestic national park locations throughout the country. Music in the American Wild performances include:

August 7 7 pm North Cascades Environmental Learning Center

August 8 1 pm North Cascades Visitor Center

 7 pm Newhalem Creek Campground Amphitheater

August 10 1 pm North Cascades Visitor Center

 7 pm Newhalem Creek Campground Amphitheater

"In this increasingly digital age, it's easy to forget that for most of its history music has been inspired by the natural world, whether that meant the imitation of birdsong or exploring man's relationship with his surroundings," said flutist and director Emlyn Johnson. "We are excited to celebrate and reconnect with the creative spark offered by our own backyard wilderness, and we hope to inspire audiences and other artists to connect with our national parks through creative acts."

Working in locations ranging from caves to mountaintops to indoor theaters, Johnson is setting up and tailoring each acoustic concert program to its venue so that listeners can hear and enjoy how the music interacts with the environment. An anonymous donation of Luis and Clark instruments—a carbon fiber cello, violin, and viola—is helping Johnson solve some of the challenges of outdoor performance. The carbon fiber instruments, she noted, are stronger and hardier in different environmental conditions such as changing humidity, and produce a powerful sound that can be heard clearly outdoors.

In addition to the anonymous instrument gift and in-kind support, Music in the American Wild was awarded a $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works/Imagine Your Parks grant. Additional information about the composers, musicians, and other area performances is available at

Last updated: July 25, 2016

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