In 1964, Gene C. Reid, the City of Tucson’s first parks supervisor, created a makeshift band stage in the city’s central park. Reid then invited Belgian-born conductor Georges DeMeesteropens a new window to bring his orchestra to play there. In 1974, the city redeveloped the band shell into a performance center that can accommodate a 50-plus orchestra and a large lawn that can accommodate 7,000 seats.
In 1987, the city named it the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Centeropens a new window. It's still home to the Tucson Pops Orchestraopens a new window, which performs the spring and fall "Music under the Stars" series, and the annual Shakespeare under the Stars performances for all ages.
DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center is located at 900 S. Randolph Wayopens a new window in Gene C. Reid Park.
Burch, Cathalena E. "Informality is order of day at Demeesteropens a new window" Arizona Daily Star. Caliente section. July, 09, 2009. Page 22. (NewsBank online resource.)
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