Monday, August 13, 2007

Dance with 200th Birthday Salute:

BINGHAMTON, NY - Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala and Binghamton City School District Superintendent Dr. Peggy Wozniak are pleased to announce that the county and the students and staff of the Rod Serling School of the Arts at Binghamton High School are teaming up to commemorate Broome County’s 200th anniversary.

March 28th, 1806 is the day Broome County was created. March 28th, 2006, Broome County will celebrate its Bicentennial with a Bicentennial Celebration Concert at The Forum. Students at Binghamton High School’s Performing Arts Program will provide the entertainment for the evening. Performances will highlight the many performing groups at the Rod Serling School including instrumental (band and orchestra), choral, and a special modern dance performance entitled “Rain”. In addition, an award winning video from the Rod Serling Video Festival will be screened. Lawrence Kassan, director of special projects for Binghamton City Schools is producing the event.

“We asked Larry for some ideas on how to celebrate this momentous occasion on March 28th,” said Executive Fiala. “In almost serendipitous fashion, he informed us the school already had a performance scheduled for that night but that if we wanted to, he could move the performance to The Forum and turn it into a Bicentennial Celebration. We of course, enthusiastically said yes!”

"Our students are proud to be a part of this historic event," said Dr. Wozniak.
In addition to the musical performances there will also be a ceremonial signing event marking Broome County’s 200th birthday. All municipal leaders in Broome County will be invited to participate.

The evening will begin with a reception from 6pm-7pm in the recital hall of The Forum with entertainment by the BHS Steel Drum Band. The performance will begin at 7pm. At approximately 8:30pm, following the performance, all in attendance will be invited back to the Recital Hall where a Happy 200th birthday cake will be served.

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