community programs in action

Star-Spangled Spectacular Concert

Now in its 29th year, the Star-Spangled Spectacular provides greater access to music and culture for the citizens of Cuyahoga County and beyond. This free community concert occurs in Downtown Cleveland every summer for Clevelanders of all ages. The outdoor venue features food truck vendors and a spectacular fireworks display following the concert. The Star-Spangled Spectacular is led by guest and resident conductors of The Cleveland Orchestra. The annual Star-Spangled Spectacular is supported by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, sponsored by KeyBank, and audio captured by Ideastream and broadcast live on 90.3 WCPN and WCLV Classical 104.9.

Martin Luther King Jr. Concert

The Martin Luther King Jr. Concert, now in its 38th year, honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The dynamic musical program performed by The Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall regularly features the winner of the Sphinx competition for Black and Latino string players, along with music by classical composers, and features traditional spirituals and gospel songs sung by the MLK Celebration Chorus. This all-Cleveland, volunteer, MLK Celebration Chorus is comprised of choristers from a range of local churches as well as Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus members. The MLK Community Service Awards, which recognize the outstanding civic contributions of individuals, organizations, and groups, are presented at the concert.

MLK Community Service Awards

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards recognize an Adult, Youth, and Business or Organization who have positively impacted Cleveland in the spirit of the teachings and example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards will be presented at The Cleveland Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert at Severance Hall on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 7:00 PM. Nominations due: Friday, November 30, 2018.

Nomination Form

Awards Information

MLK Community Open House

The MLK Community Open House invites Clevelanders to Severance Hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for a free day of music and community engagement. Performances and family activities take place throughout the day through Severance Hall. Past performers have included Dance Afrika Dance; Shaw High School Marching Band; the Cleveland Inner City Ballet; El Sistema@Rainey; Councilman Conwell & The Footprints; the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra; Cleveland Orchestra Children’s and Youth Choruses. Family activities include MLK themed coloring pages, the “I Have a Dream” wall; Cuyahoga County Public Library Book Display; and Line Dancing in the Grand Foyer.