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Pops On The River Returns After 25 years

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

After a 25 year hiatus, Pops On The River is back in Binghamton. The summer tradition will return to its original venue, the Chenango river by the Court Street Bridge.

"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,'" says Brittany Hall, Executive Director of the Binghamton Philharmonic. 

On July 19th, the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra will play classical favorites, maritime tunes, and selections from popular movies. The event is free and open to all. 

"It's wonderful that we can bring it back," says Jason Garnar, Broome County Executive. 

There are a few changes from the original event. Pops On The River used to be held on the 4th of July, but organizers say they didn't want to clash with other events happening around the county and opted for later in the month to balance out the area's events calendar. Another change; the musicians will not be on a floating raft. 

"The old float in the river was wobbly and every time the conductor moved his hands, the musicians would rock back and forth," says Hall.

Having musicians on the river also raises safety concerns when it comes to running electrical cords out onto the water for amplification. 

"It's just not safe for our musicians," says Hall. 

A temporary stage will be built on over the steps on the river bank. Hall says the structure will be brought back out each year for the revived summer tradition.