Enjoy some classical music out in the wild in our national parks.

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Celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial with the sounds of classical music in coming weeks as a touring company visits Washington’s national parks.

The Music in the American Wild project is bringing an ensemble from the Eastman School of Music at New York’s University of Rochester to 12 national parks and historic sites across the United States.

Partly funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, 11 composers and eight performers are on the tour. The music is 11 new works that celebrate specific places or explore abstract ideas about humans’ relationship with nature.

Washington performances:

Aug. 4-5: San Juan Island National Historical Park

Aug. 7-10: North Cascades National Park

Aug. 12-14: Mount Rainier National Park

Aug. 15-17: Olympic National Park

All concerts are free (park admission charged at Olympic and Mount Rainier). For details on times and locations, see musicintheamericanwild.com/tour/.