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LET'S WORK HARDER TO KEEP ORCHESTRA

Shakespeare wrote, "If music be the food of love, play on." If that's true, the people of Buffalo must be starving. After a silent summer of no music, and no paychecks for Buffalo Philharmonic members, it's uplifting to see them back in business.

The question is, what now? This was not the first time the Philharmonic experienced financial difficulty. Already, a few members are leaving to play in orchestras that are actually supported by their state and local governments.

Mayor Griffin's actions throughout the financial crisis are unforgivable. Did he forget that our Philharmonic was a smash in Europe, making it world renowned? Does he realize how much class the orchestra adds to our city, which partly makes up for his obnoxious, crass leadership?

Music is an important cultural addition to our society. Let's fight a little harder to keep it in Buffalo.

CHRISTINE SHENTON
Williamsville

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