Saturday, June 27, 2009

Update from South America 6-28-09

Hello blog readers! The video below shows a church in Santiago, Chile next to la Plaza de Armas. The video was taken yesterday (6-27)--our last full day in Chile. My narration starts a little way into the video, so keep watching.

Later in the day we flew from Santiago to Mendoza, Argentina, a city with a population of several million. The flight was scheduled to be a little less than an hour long. We flew in a (apparently regularaly scheduled) flight on Sky Airlines in a Boeing 737. The ochestra and managers and those travelling with us were the only passengers on the flight. We arrived at 12 something this morning. We also turned our clocks ahead one more hour. So we are now four hours ahead of PDT.

Today we played a concert in a poor area of the city. There were armed policemen near the place since it was not a very good part of town. Some of them carried what were either rifles or shotguns, so they were more armed than most American police officers. They walked with us back to the buses after the concert. I got a picture of me with two of the policemen. I´ll post it later.

The concert was in a gymnasium building. We played mostly shorter pieces, such as our encores. Several smaller groups from the orchestra also performed chamber music. We concluded the concert with ¨Stars and Stripes Forever.¨ The audience was not extremely large, but about the right size for they venue. And they showed a lot of enthusiasm.

Talk to you later.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

In Santiago, Chile with SJYS (6-24-09)

Today SJYS got to Santiago, Chile. We flew through Dallas and arrived here around 8 am or so. When we were on the plane, the temperature was apparently below freezing since it is winter here in the Southern Hemisphere. Later on, it warmed up. In fact, later in the afternoon, it actually felt like it might feel in my part of California sometimes. After we left the airport, we went on our buses (three buses in total) and toured the city. We got out a few times to see the sites.

SJYS people in the airport afer going through customs and before boarding the buses.

This is the Precolumbian Museum, where they have art.

Me with a statue in the museum.

Me with a police officer in Santiago who is in this case a guard. He is guarding the building behind him.

Video of the hotel. Click to watch it.