New holiday celebration brings live music to downtown Binghamton

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A downtown Binghamton street will be full of the sounds of the holiday season Thursday evening courtesy of some festive pianos.

BingPop Creative, the City, the Binghamton Local Development Corporation, and Parlor City Market have organized the inaugural "Ivory Christmas" celebration, named for the ivory keys.

Four pianos are being painted and will be positioned along Washington Street from the MetroCenter Plaza to Hawley Street, with local musicians playing them from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Pianists include Rick Pedro and Jan DeAngelo.

"Some of them are going to do sing-alongs, some of them are going to do fun, big versions of classic Christmas songs, and everyone's going to bring their own personality to it which I'm excited about.  I've got one guy who is a saxophonist, Phil Westcott, he's actually bringing his own crew together his own musical act for the event," said Bernard.

Restaurants will be providing free hot cocoa and there are two fresh Christmas trees, one in the MetroCenter Plaza and the other in the Parlor City Commons, that people can help to decorate.

Bernard says the event takes place before the Binghamton Philharmonic's holiday show called Cirque Musica Believe which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Floyd Maines Arena.

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