The labor strife that threatened the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra debut of musical director JoAnn Falleta nearly ended a promising concert season before it began.
Why is it that when it comes to supporting culture in Buffalo there always seems to be a shortage of funds, yet we can go to great lengths and get state aid for a $50 million renovation at a football stadium?
After seeing and hearing the amazing BPO, you're guaranteed to walk away with an uplifted feeling -- they never let you down, they don't lose, there are no bad calls. And how about the bloated salaries that sports figures receive, compared to the pittance that BPO musicians are supposed to sustain themselves and their families on?
High culture and quality entertainment has its price. Pay these musicians what they deserve! How about a little something out of the state's tobacco settlement?
We need the BPO alive and well in this city, because for some of us the Bills and Sabres fall a little short when it comes to leaving with that winning feeling.
DAVID WASIK Buffalo