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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Council Roundup: City to help pay for July 4 orchestra performance

The Bellevue Philharmonic performing during a July 4 celebration.The City Council Monday voted to help the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra underwrite costs for its performance at Bellevue's popular July 4 celebration at Downtown Park.

Noting that the orchestra is an important arts organization with a long history of serving the community, the council approved emergency funding totaling $35,000.

Over the past year the orchestra's finances have been hit by the loss of a major donor and declining attendance. The group, which in past seasons offered as many as six masterworks concerts, chamber orchestra performances and an award-winning music in the schools program, is conducting a fundraising drive.

The July 4 event -- the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th -- draws families from around the city and region. In recent years, between 50 and 60,000 spectators have flocked to the park to watch fireworks, listen to the orchestra and join in other festivities.

Feedback: Mary Pat Byrne, Arts Specialist, 425-452-4105 or mpbyrne@bellevuewa.gov

The Council Agendas and Council Minutes pages offer complete information regarding Council meetings.

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