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This may be last fireworks concert

Wed., July 24, 2013

The Royal Fireworks Concert, a summer tradition for many Inland Northwest residents, may take its final bow.

Allegro Baroque and Beyond is ending its sponsorship of the event after 35 years, said Laura Bracken, president of the chamber music organization’s board of trustees.

“We are heartbroken that we can no longer fund the program, but it takes a tremendous amount of money to produce and we have determined that we can no longer sustain the losses,” Bracken said in a news release. She said in an interview that the show costs between $35,000 and $50,000 a year.

About 25,000 people attend the show in Riverfront Park each year, she said.

The Royal Fireworks Concert features the 60-person Royal Band playing period music on the floating stage, capped by a fireworks show set to George Frederick Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks.”

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