The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus is a volunteer community chorus assembled each year since 1989 to sing as part of The Cleveland Orchestra's annual MLK Celebration Concert. Bringing together singers from across Northeast Ohio, the Chorus lifts its collective voices in affirmation of Dr. King's vision of justice, peace, and human harmony. First assembled by Alvin Parris, the Chorus has been prepared and assembled by William Henry Caldwell for the past decade.
The Cleveland Orchestra presented its first Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert in 1980. This annual presentation, jointly presented with the City of Cleveland since 1986, focuses on musical performance as a tribute to Dr. King and as an expression of commitment to the struggle for racial justice and human dignity. From 1987 to 1997, the annual King concert took place at Cory United Methodist Church, the site of Dr. King’s last speech in Cleveland. The concert returned to Severance Hall in 1998 and again in 2000 as part of the re-opening festivities following the Hall’s restoration. Severance Hall has continued to host the concert since that time.
Membership each year in the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus is open to singers and church choir members from throughout Northeast Ohio, with a requirement to attend all rehearsals in January.
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