Pops in the Park: Columbus Symphony Orchestra performs Sunday

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, led by first-year music director Josh Aerie, is counting down to its annual pops in the park concert, “Cleared for Launch.”

The gathering will be 7:30 p.m. Sunday outdoors at the Mill Race Park amphitheater just off the park’s Fifth Street entrance.

The event marks the close of the five-concert season for the symphony seen as one of Indiana’s oldest, although it served as a strings ensemble for years under Chester Kitzinger until the full orchestra was reborn in 1970.

Tunes on the family friendly program include “E.T. Theme,” by John Williams; Williams’ “Star Wars Suite”; “Star Trek Through the Years,” from various composers; and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter” in C Major.

The relaxed summertime setting and the pops program have made the concert a favorite among local residents. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and children 12 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.

Rain location is the adjacent Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. The forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-80s with a slight chance of showers.