from The Seattle Times:

After 43 years, including some recent rocky ones, the Bellevue Philharmonic is shutting down.

The board announced Friday that the orchestra will cease operations by the end of July. Its July 4 Concert in the Park at Symetra Bellevue Family 4th will be the orchestra’s last.

“After months of discussion and analysis, the board made this decision given the long-term realities facing the organization,” the Bellevue Philharmonic said in a statement that cited decreased funding, accumulated debt and an increasingly competitive environment for people’s entertainment dollars as factors.

The past few years have been tough for the Bellevue Philharmonic, as it has been for many arts organizations, which have trimmed budgets, cut staff and slashed wages. Seattle’s Intiman Theatre recently canceled the rest of its season because of money woes.

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