Music: Texan to San Antonio

When the doctors told him last month to give his heart a rest, San Antonio Symphony Conductor Max Reiter, 45, paused long enough to make sure that the orchestra he had built from scratch (TIME, July 14, 1947) would carry on in good hands. As guest conductor, he recommended Victor Alessandro, 35, Texas-born conductor of the Oklahoma City Symphony. Max Reiter's condition was more serious than he thought; within a week he was dead.

Last week, mightily pleased with Texan Alessandro, and with Max Reiter's wishes in mind, the San Antonio Symphony Society gave their guest conductor a three-year contract.

Oklahomans were sorry...

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