Photo: Maestro Goodman University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Bernard M. Goodman, Director
1964 South American Tour, “Virtual 40th Anniversary Reunion”

Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2004 15:41:36 -0400
From: Dean M Wade
Subject: Outdoor concert

One part of my memory says this was in Venezuela in an open air amphitheatre on the outskirts of Caracas, but looking at the concert schedule Tom has recreated, the open air concert in La Paz might well be the venue I am remembering, although I surely thought it was earlier in the tour than that. At any rate, the venue was on the side of a hill, and a very pleasant, rather large amphitheatre had been carved out. The place was packed full, with many standing as well as sitting on the mostly earthen banks that served as benches. In the second half of the program, while counting one of those interminable 674-bar rests that percussionists regularly encounter, I noticed a young lad riding a horse across the top of the theatre, at the back but well within the earthen walls. He stopped somewhere around the center and sat astride his horse for a while, listening, and then meandered off out the other side. Really al fresco, I guess.

[Ed. note: I've got a picture of the LaPaz venue, and it doesn't seem to have the earthen banks that Buck is talking about. Caracas was before I got there, so I'd go with his memory of it.]

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