The Cleveland Orchestra's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert
Each January, The Cleveland Orchestra commemorates Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a free community concert. First performed in 1980, this concert features The Cleveland Orchestra, a community chorus of volunteer singers, and a winner of the national Sphinx competition for Black and Latino string players. Classical music, gospel, and spirituals mix together to affirm Dr. King's dream of justice and a fair society of all. A highlight of the concert each year is the presentation of the MLK Jr. Community Service Awards by The Cleveland Orchestra in cooperation with the City of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. These awards, begun in 2002, recognize an adult, a youth and a business/organization that exemplifies the spirit and ideals of Dr. King.
The celebration continues on Martin Luther King Day, with a free community open house in Severance Hall honoring the life, leadership, and vision of Dr. King.