SALUTE! singer takes bow because of Pence role

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic will be going with a different singer for Friday’s annual SALUTE! concert after the previously scheduled singer backed out due to an appearance by Gov. Mike Pence.

Singer Kate Hamilton, of Columbus, said in an open letter to the community that she could not perform in what would have been her third┬áSALUTE!┬áconcert due to Pence’s involvement because she is bisexual, pro-choice and the descendant of immigrants. She said for her to perform at any event that put Pence on a pedestal would be dishonest and against her values.

The philharmonic has announced that Donata Cucinnota will take over as the featured soloist for Friday night’s event.