The Kaw Nation call themselves people of the South Wind. Variations of the tribe’s name by French traders and other Europeans was Kanza or Kansa, eventually Kansas.
While most of those attending the 2014 Symphony in the Flint Hills could not count themselves as members of the Kaw Nation, they did experience the relentless wind from which those original inhabitants received their name.
Despite a wind so strong that all matter of ropes, bandanas and belts were used to tie down hats, it was a magnificently beautiful site with music that can only be experienced rather than described.
One of the requirements for a Symphony site is no visible signs of civilization. This year, there seemed no signs of civilization even driving into the site. For me, it was the most beautiful site for the concert in recent years.
As I mentioned, we arrived in the area on the Friday evening before the Saturday concert. The sun was starting to drop as we looked out on an expanse of pasture near the concert site to see not cattle, but horses!
This is the Vestring Ranch and these are wild mustangs. The Vestring ranch receives $1.20 a day from the Federal government to feed and care for the horses. We learned about wild horse ranching at an educational tent after our 9:00 am until 3:00 pm shift at the seating area.
Here is an early morning view of the concern area.
The people are starting to fill up the seating area.
The conductor looked very young as did some of the members of the orchestra. We wondered if some of the youth were members of the summer program.
The hills seem a bit flatter in this southern area. Aren’t the shadows stunning.
As the sun went down and the music drew to a close, they drove the cattle so they and the horses were back lite.
The sun sets on another beautiful day.