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Letter To The Editor

Fennessy deserved more than a mention

Please have someone other than William Berry review the Spokane Falls Brass Band’s “Christmas in Old Spokane” next year. He just can’t seem to catch the mood when Ann Fennessy is involved. His opener was right on: “the warmest and fuzziest of this season’s Christmas concerts.” But Fennessy was damned with faint praise - only his last sentence mentioned her (and Verne Windham). Both were complimented weakly and conditionally, and even that was spoiled with an insult. Ann Fennessy is a Spokane treasure. Just sharing The Met with her raises one’s spirits. And she was in wonderful voice at the Friday evening performance I attended. Each member of the band deserves special mention for their contribution to this event, but it’s Fennessy’s singing that raises the level of this concert to a Christmas season highlight every year. Donald Doran Spokane

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