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'Pops on the River' returns to Binghamton

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A one-time staple of the Summer entertainment scene is returning to downtown Binghamton after a 24 year absence.

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra announced Wednesday that it will once again stage a Pops On The River concert this July.

From 1980 through 1994, BPO's predecessor, the BC Pops, held a 4th of July performance with the orchestra on an anchored raft floating in the Chenango River near the Court Street Bridge.

The revived version of the event will feature the philharmonic playing on a temporary stage erected above the concrete steps along the bank of the river.

Executive Director Brittany Hall says the philharmonic is responding to pleas to bring the tradition back.

"I've been in this community for five years and ever since my arrival, I've heard, 'Pops on the River, we want Pops on the River back.'  And we're at the perfect point where the orchestra is growing, the city is growing, people are coming alive and the community has just supported us bringing it back for this 25 year anniversary," said Hall.

Hall cites safety concerns as the reason the orchestra will no longer be floating on a barge.

The event will take place on Thursday, July 19, at 8:00 p.m and will also feature a performance by the Summer Savoyards, vendors, and a fireworks show.

Hall says the audience will be able to watch from the Court Street Bridge as well as areas of the Riverwalk behind and beside the musicians.

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