Annual patriotic concert coming Friday at Bartholomew memorial

The annual Salute! concert is returning to downtown Columbus tomorrow evening to honor those who have fallen in service to their country.

The 23rd annual free concert, performed by the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, will be held on Friday starting at 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Bartholomew County courthouse. The concert will be led by guest conductor Roger Kalia, and will include patriotic music, along with military equipment displays and two helicopter landings.

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic is also asking you to donate to support the Salute! concert. Donation information is available on the orchestra website at  or you can stop by the philharmonic offices at 315 Franklin Street.

You will see changes to downtown traffic before and during the Salute! performance. According to the Columbus city engineer’s office, Jackson Street will be closed starting at 8 tomorrow morning between Second and Third Streets. The streets around the courthouse will be closed from 5:30 tomorrow afternoon to 11. That includes Washington Street from First to Third Streets, Second Street from Franklin to Jackson Streets and Jackson from first to third streets. The left hand lane of Third Street will also be closed.

Traffic will be re-routed coming off of the Robert N. Stewart bridge from First Street to Lafayette Avenue.