On Jan. 16, 2015 the Cleveland Orchestra will be holding its 36th annual concert in celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. The concert will take place at Severance Hall on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at 7 p. m. The Orchestra will be under the direction of Robert Porco. This concert is sponsored by KeyBank, a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence.
Featured on the program will be music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Duke Ellington, Camille Saint-Saëns, William Grant Still, and John Williams along with traditional spirituals and gospel songs. The featured soloist will be Violinist Hannah White who is the first place winner in the Junior Division of the 2015 Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino string players.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus will also perform. The Chorus is an all community volunteer group that is made up of choristers from a variety of local churches as well as members of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. The Chorus has been assembled, prepared and directed by William Henry Caldwell. The concert (which begins at 7 p.m.) will be broadcast live on WCLV 104.9 FM Cleveland’s Classical Radio Station as well as WCPN 90.3 FM Ideastream.
Along with the variety of music, the evening will play host to The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2016 Community Service Awards which will be presented by The Cleveland Orchestra and the Greater Cleveland Partnership and in cooperation with the City of Cleveland. The awards are given each year in recognition of individuals who have a positive impact in Cleveland that are in the spirit of the teachings and examples of Dr. King.
Monday will be the national day of observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and there will be a free community open house that will take place at Severance Hall on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 from noon until 5 p.m. During that time there will be numerous family activities as well as performances by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, El Sistema@Rainey, Duffy Liturgical Dance Ensemble, the Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra who will all be performing in the Concert Hall. Family activities include the “I Have a Dream” Wall in Smith Lobby, and DJ Terry Macklin will be in the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer with music and line dancing.
Admission to the Cleveland Orchestra to host 36th annual Martin Luther King Celebration Concert is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available at a first come, first served basis and will be distributed starting on Jan. 4, 2016 at 9 a.m. Tickets may be acquired in person by stopping by the Severance Hall Ticket Office, by phone by calling (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141 or online by clicking HERE. There is a limit of four tickets per household and most of the tickets are claimed by noon of that day.
The Cleveland Orchestra will also be participating in the National Food Drive “Orchestras Feeding America” which encourages concert patrons to bring a non-perishable food item to Severance Hall during their concerts on Jan. 14, 15, 16 and 18, 2016. There will be a number of food bins positioned in Severance Hall to place the donations which will be going to the WSEM Food Center at Community Corner for Families and Children, which is part of the Hunger Network of Cleveland and organized through The Centers for Families and Children.
Performance Schedule for Cleveland Orchestra 36th annual MLK Celebration Concert
Saturday, January 16, 2016,
The Cleveland Orchestra
Robert Porco, conductor
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus
William Henry Caldwell, director
John Stafford Smith
The Star-Spangled Banner
John Rosamond Johnson
Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing
“Danse Nègre” from African Suite
Traditonal (arr. Wilberg)
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra
Hannah White, violin
“Dry Your Tears, Africa” from Amistad
Samuel Ward (arr. Dragon)
America the Beautiful
William Grant Still
Third Movement from Symphony No. 1 (“Afro-American”)
Edward K. (Duke) Ellington
Martin Luther King from Three Black Kings
Traditional (arr. R.H. Gillum)
There’s No Hiding Place Down Here
Traditional (arr. Smith)
Every Time I Feel the Spirit
Traditional (arr. Burleigh)
Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land
Traditional (arr. Uzee Brown Jr.)
We Shall Overcome
Performance Schedule for the 2016 Community Open House
Monday, January 18, 2016
12 noon – 5:00 p.m.
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus
Lisa Wong, director
Duffy Liturgical Dance Ensemble
EKAM: We are One
The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor
All performances take place in the Concert Hall.
Ongoing family-friendly activities include: the “I Have a Dream” Wall and the Cuyahoga County Public Library Martin Luther King Jr. Book Display in the Smith Lobby. Terry Macklin Sounds of Entertainment DJ and Line Dancing takes place in the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer between performances.
Presented by the City of Cleveland, Mayor Frank Jackson, and the Musical Arts Association. Sponsored by KeyBank, a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence.