Downtown Singers Celebrate Silver Anniversary

BINGHAMTON, NY - Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala held a news conference today at the Broome County Forum, located at 236 Washington Street to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Downtown Singer's presentation of Handel's Messiah. Director Alan Crabb was present to accept a county citation along with several board members of the group. The chorus then gave a copy of the silver anniversary poster commemorating the event to the Forum, where it will be mounted for permanent display in the Rehearsal Hall.

"I want to congratulate the Downtown Singers for presenting Handel's Messiah to the community for twenty five years," stated Executive Fiala. "Their wonderful voices spread the holiday spirit throughout the community. We are fortunate to have such rich local talent to dazzle audiences."

The Downtown Singers performed Messiah for the very first time at the Centenary Church in Binghamton in 1983. At that time, there were approximately 30 chorus members. No one is certain of the exact number or who they were because there was no program printed for the performance.

The community chorus welcomes anyone to be part of the dedicated group. They have two concerts a year, one in the late spring and the production of Messiah in December.

This year, the Messiah will be performed on December 21st and 22nd at 8 pm. A $5 donation is requested for admission. The Downtown Singers have arranged for a live feed of their performance that will be up-linked to a Public Radio Broadcast System satellite and made available for download to any of the 420+ subscribing National Public Radio (NPR)/Public Radio International (PRI) stations in the United States and Canada in real time or for re-broadcast.

Upcoming Forum events: For more information please contact the box office at: 607.778.1369.

December 4The Nutcracker - Grigorian Ballet Theater$10.00 - $18.00
December 6Warren Miller's Playground$17.00 GA
December 7Brenda Lee with Special Guest Dr. Elmo$29.50 - $38.50
December 21-22Handel's Messiah - Downtown Singers$ 5.00 donation
December 29Binghamton Theater Organ Society$12 - $6
December 31First Night BinghamtonFREE