Salute!

“It’s my favorite concert of the year.” Conductor David Bowden

soldiers saluting

Photo: Columbus Indiana Philharmonic

The Columbus Indian Philharmonic and the community return the salute in a special concert.

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Salute!

Columbus Indiana Philharmonic salute to veterans


Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans

7 pm Friday, May 25, 2012

free

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s annual outdoor concert recognizing the contributions of men and women in the armed forces is titled “Salute!”

This year Major General Mark Pillar, USAF (Ret.) will be the master of ceremonies. Congressman Mike Pence will be on hand to narrate and award winning singer Joshua Conyers will be the vocal soloist.

Along with the patriotic music the first half of the evening features the orchestra in a “Big Band Blast.” Following the intermission there will be the recognition of veterans and a special song. “It was Mark Pillar who told us about this one,” says conductor David Bowden. “The Song “Somewhere Out There” from the movie An American Tail has become a sort of theme especially for the children and families of service men and women who’re away.”

As always Salute! will conclude with The 1812 Overture. “We’re going to play the best part, the part with the cannons,” say Bowden. “And we’ve got four big howitzers to do the job for a very loud and satisfying finale.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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