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ARTS LETTERS

Musical exemplifies wonderful arts scene

Last night my wife and I saw a magnificent musical production, "Change Partners," featuring seven very talented performers. The lead performer's (John Fredo) rendition of Fred Astaire was superb. I have seen productions all over the United States and Canada and I have never seen anything better. We are blessed with over 20 live theatres in our community. I must ask the obvious question: Why go anywhere else? No wonder we are considered one of the hot spots for the arts. Keep up the good work Buffalo.

Howard Faden

Snyder

Concertgoer supports McGraw

I was kind of shocked by the review given on the Tim McGraw concert Saturday night (Oct. 9) at the HSBC Arena. The writer (Seamus Gallivan) was correct when he said the Warren Brothers were not on long enough -- I would have enjoyed them a whole lot more than Big and Rich. Their breakout hit "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" went on forever, almost 15 minutes -- people around me kept asking when it was going to end already. They were good but I didn't appreciate the fact that the star of the video -- the small little man who walked on stage with the help of canes -- was made to do a little dance for the audience -- it was heartbreaking to watch.

While I'll agree that Tim's show started out kind of slow -- his voice was weak because of previous night's performance in our area -- he sure made up for it quick. Everyone was standing up and singing along to his songs -- no one wanted to sit down. The crowd took care of the choruses for both "Don't Take the Girl" and "Live Like You Were Dying" -- people just wanted the party to continue -- there wasn't a single person sitting down or not singing for most of the show. That's what makes Tim who he is -- he won't be dethroned anytime soon. You can count on that despite Mr. Gallivan's review.

Lynn Pilarski

Buffalo

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