A farewell concert by the Bellevue Philharmonic

Independence Day  is just around the corner! Be sure to catch the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra at the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th playing their final concert.

The Bellevue Philharmonic has been around since the 60’s, and over the years has created a strong and fruitful partnership with downtown Bellevue’s annual Fourth of July celebration. As is tradition, the Bellevue Philharmonic’s performance will be synchronized to the fireworks display.

The farewell concert includes a superb lineup of patriotic anthems, encompassing classic pieces as well as those lesser known. The concert will have two parts; the pre-fireworks program which begins at 9:30 p.m. and the fireworks program which begins at 10:05 p.m.

“Farewell Concert” Program (9:30 p.m.)
Hungarian March from the Damnation of Faust (Berlioz)
Sabre Dance (Khachaturian) Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance March No.1
Adagio from Ballet “Spartacus
”(Khachaturian)
Entrance of the Gladiators (Triumphal March) (Fucik)
Yaga and Great Gates of Kiev from “Pictures at an Exhibition” (Mussorgsky – Baba)
Polovtsian Dances from the Opera Prince Igor (Borodin)

Fireworks “Independance Day” Program (10:05 p.m.)
Fanfare for the Common Man (Copland)
Washington Post (Sousa)
America the Beautiful (Ward)
National Emblem March (Bagley)
Battle Hymn of the Republic (Steffe)
Stars and Stripes Forever (Sousa)

Please join us in thanking the Bellevue Philharmonic for bringing years of spectacular music and dedication to this wonderful community event!

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2 Responses to “A farewell concert by the Bellevue Philharmonic”


  1. 1 Rebecca Evans July 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I thank Symetra for their fine sponsorship of the family fourth over the years, but this whole article strikes me as such a sad and unsatisfying way to say good-bye to a fine Bellevue institution. Yes, we’ll all have fun with the picnic and the fireworks, but it’s a terribly sad day for the community, the many people that have supported and enjoyed the orchestra for over 40 years, AND for the musicians of this group that has done nothing but play their hearts out and continue to make this a better group through all this adversity. I am one of those musicians, and I LOVE this orchestra and my colleagues, and for us, this is not a “Fare-well” but a terrible loss.

  2. 2 musicfan July 4, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Any time an arts group closes up shop, it’s a loss for the community – especially a group with such a long history as the Bellevue Philharmonic. I sincerely hope that the dedicated musicians of the BPO will be able to come together to create a new organization. To all of the many volunteers and musicians of the BPO, thank you for bringing excellent music to the Eastside community for so many years. From young peoples concerts that served thousands of local students, to the excellent master works series, BPO served an important niche and will be missed.


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