Binghamton, NY – Southern Tier Celebrates, in partnership with the Broome County Office of Economic Development and title sponsor BAE Systems, present the annual Pops! concert featuring the Binghamton Philharmonic, conducted by Steven Reineke. Pops! In the Arena will be held in the air-conditioned Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The concert is presented FREE of charge. Refreshments will be available for sale. Parking is free at the Collier Street parking ramp in downtown Binghamton.
“We are excited to support this year’s Pops! in the Arena,” said Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala. “This evening of patriotic music is the perfect start to the July 4th weekend. We hope the community will enjoy this free event; and will also join us over the weekend at the Greater Binghamton Airport for the 2009 Airshow, where the world renowned Blue Angels will perform.”  
The Binghamton Philharmonic will perform a spectacular musical celebration of American classics from Sousa to the Supremes, plus the Independence Day favorite, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, and a variety of Independence Day favorites led by special guest conductor Steven Reineke. Reineke, renowned composer and arranger, will begin his tenure as Music Director of the New York Pops in October 2009 as well as the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor. In addition, he holds the title of Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where for thirteen years he has served as a composer and arranger.
“It is an honor to receive support from Broome County and BAE Systems, to continue the tradition of POPS in the Arena,” Said STC CEO Lesley Tillotson. “It speaks to the importance of the arts in the daily lives of Southern Tier residents and the role the arts play in our community.  Southern Tier Celebrates! is extremely grateful to have such strong support of its programming and we are looking forward to the events we have planned throughout this summer and fall.”
“POPS! at the Arena is a highlight of summer and a great way for the community to come together to kick off the July 4th weekend,” said Amar Rai, site executive at BAE Systems in Johnson City. “We look forward to the inspiring patriotic music and spirit of celebration this event always brings.”
The festivities start at 6:30pm with traditional Caribbean island music performed by the Binghamton High School Steel Band. Sixteen steel drum players led by Joel Smales will fill the space with original and contemporary favorites.  Then, at 8:00 pm the Binghamton Philharmonic takes the stage for a rousing, patriotic celebration. 
The Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) will also be accepting food donations at the POPS!  During the summer months, CHOW has an even greater need for food to help local families.


06/11/2009 - 11:00am