PORTLAND — Mayor Nick Mavadones, along with business leaders and the musical director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, announced today that a PSO concert will be part of the Fourth of July festivities on the Eastern Promenade.

“Without a doubt, the Fourth of July this year is going to be spectacular,” Mavadones said.

Robert Moody of the PSO said the orchestra members are excited about the event, and the PSO will announce the entirety of its program next month. The concert will be free and simulcast on the radio stations of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

In early April the city announced that the fireworks would be canceled because of budget cuts, a group of businesspeople announced that they would provide the $45,000 needed to put on the show.

The group included Jon Jennings, president and general manager of Portland’s NBA Development League basketball team, the Maine Red Claws; Jack Quirk, owner of Quirk Chevrolet; Michael Dubyak, chairman and CEO of Wright Express; and Richard Connor, CEO of MaineToday Media, which publishes The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Sentinel daily newspapers, the weekly Coastal Journal in Bath, and their respective Web sites.

The Fourth of July celebration will be called “The Stars and Stripes Spectacular,” and the PSO’s performance will be “Patriotic Pops.”


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