Cleveland Orchestra to Present Concert Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Cleveland Orchestra will give its annual concert honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance Music Center on January 15, 2023.

The showcase will be conducted by Daniel Reith and is set to feature the Community Volunteer Choir conducted by Dr. William Henry Caldwell. Bass Soloman Howard will narrate. The showcase will also feature the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Chorus.

The program will include works by Dorsey, Price, Herbert, Shropshire, Copland, Johnson, and Coleridge-Taylor, among others.

Additionally, the 19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards 2023 will also be presented as part of the concert. The awards aim to recognize individuals and organizations that have provided extraordinary service to the community and reflect the spirit of Dr. King.

There will also be two additional events around the celebration. On Jan. 16, there will be a free Community Day featuring the Cleveland Youth Chorus under Daniel Singer. The program will feature music by Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and Mari Esabel Valverde, among others.

There will also be a performance by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra under Daniel Reith. The ensemble will perform music by Hailstork, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Walker, and Brahms.