As with many Buffalo institutions, by 1990, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra was feeling the effects of a 15-year economic slump in Western New York. While the tone in this Op-Ed piece shows hope, the future of the BPO was far from certain 25 years ago this week.
THE FIRST piece of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra funding puzzle seems close to falling into place. The Buffalo Common Council apparently has sufficient strength to adopt some sort of bailout plan and override an anticipated veto by Mayor Griffin.
The state and Erie County governments should follow with more aid so that the orchestra can end its hand-to-mouth existence, finish the season, and reach long-term financial stability.