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Come on, lovers of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, show you really support live, world class performances of classic music before the opportunity is gone.

I say that because I just came from a Friday night concert at which more than half the seats in Kleinhans were empty. A season like that will surely mark the end of the BPO as we know it.

I don't really know and understand the nuances of classical music, but I know I really like it. At the Russian night concert, I enjoyed the fun and delight of Borodin, the relaxing wistfulness of Tchaikovsky, and the power of Prokofiev. And it was all live under the artful baton of maestro Valdes with a brilliant solo violin concerto by guest artist Mr. Lin. It was far better than any hi-tech hi-fi or CD.

It's time to put behind us the recent BPO problems and give our time and money to support our orchestra. We can't rely on someone else to do it -- neither government nor business. This means we must give time and money, buy tickets and attend concerts, and encourage friends to do the same in order for us to save the BPO.

Orchard Park

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