Bellevue Philharmonic shutting down after 43 years

SEATTLE — After 43 years, the Bellevue Philharmonic is shutting down because of decreased funding, accumulated debt and increasing competition for entertainment dollars.

The Seattle Times reports that the professional orchestra, which performs at Meydenbauer Center, will cease operation at the end of July.

The board announced the decision Friday. Board president Janis Wold said in a statement that the organization isn’t sustainable.

The past few years have been rocky for the orchestra, as it has been for many arts groups. Seattle’s Intiman Theatre recently canceled the remaining season because of money problems.

Board members say they hope to revive the orchestra in the future.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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