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ClEveland Orchestra announces program details for Free community concert at East Professional Center on August 11

Hough Community Chorus to join members of Cleveland Orchestra choruses in neighbrohood residency concert

Live Broadcast of concert on WCLV 104.9 ideastream

Concert is part of Cleveland Orchestra collaboration with Cleveland Museum of Art as neighborhood residency activities continue in August

Release Date:  July 28, 2016

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra has announced the program for the free community concert for the Orchestra's "At Home" in Hough neighborhood residency on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at East Professional Center (formerly East High School).  The concert, led by Cleveland Orchestra Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell, includes Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, John Williams’s Air and Simple Gifts, Smallwood’s Total Praise, an arrangement of Oh Happy Day, J. Rosamond Johnson’s Lift Every Voice and Sing, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, which will be narrated by Judge Patricia Ann Blackmon.  The complete program is included at the end of this release.

Online, Radio, and Television Broadcasts
The concert will be video streamed live online at and, and available for viewing through August 18, 2016.  A live radio broadcast of the concert will air on WCLV Classical 104.9 ideastream®, and a delayed television broadcast will air on WVIZ / PBS on Friday, August 12 at 9:00 p.m.  The television broadcast will repeat Sunday, August 14 at 3:00 p.m. 

“All of us at The Cleveland Orchestra are so excited to spend time with our neighbors in Hough,” said Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell.  “Our culminating concert will reflect the history of this extraordinary community, a deeply inspiring American story that we’ll celebrate through great American music. We’ll feature orchestral works by Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, George Gershwin, and Aaron Copland, and I'm particularly pleased that we'll have the opportunity to perform Lift Every Voice and Sing, Total Praise, and Oh Happy Day with our friends in the Hough Community Chorus.”

Hough Community Chorus
A special Hough Community Chorus is being  assembled for the concert, comprised of community singers and members of Cleveland Orchestra choruses, who will perform with The Cleveland Orchestra at the concert.  The chorus is being prepared by William Henry Caldwell and assembled by John Parker.

Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Museum of Art Neighborhood Residency Collaboration
The concert is part of this summer's collaboration of The Cleveland Orchestra with the Cleveland Museum of Art to celebrate music and art in Hough.  This new partnership between two of Ohio’s premier cultural organizations is designed to create partnerships with communities to develop new and meaningful ways to enliven our community with arts and music.  Both organizations have joined with residents to celebrate music and art in the Hough community from June through August, 2016.

Pre-Concert Activities
Prior to the August 11 concert, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the East Professional Center Auditorium lobby, a community showcase will feature musical and visual art talents from the community.  Musical performances will feature student musicians from the Rainey Institute’s El Sistema@Rainey program and student percussionists from the Lexington Bell Community Center.  An exhibit created by the Cleveland Museum of Art will feature photographs of Hough residents that have been submitted throughout the residency titled “Clevelanders: Portraits of Our Community.”  The Cleveland Museum of Art will also display their year-long centennial self-portrait project highlighted by banners that celebrate the Hough community.  The portraits will feature Hough residents and the banners will be created by Hough community groups and Cleveland Museum of Art staff members.  An additional banner is being produced by community members during “A New Day in Hough,” an annual tradition started by the late councilwoman Fannie Lewis, taking place this year at League Park on August 6.

Post-Concert Activities
Following the concert, attendees are invited to a dessert reception in the East Professional Center Auditorium lobby.  Cookies by Archie’s Hough Bakery will be served.  Hough Bakeries was started on Hough Avenue in 1903 and over the years became an iconic Cleveland bakery and catering company.  Hough Bakeries was purchased by Hough head baker Archie Garner in 1992, and he continues to use the “secret” recipes in his Lakeshore Avenue business.  

Free Ticket Details
Tickets for the free community concert were distributed throughout the Hough community in July.  All concert tickets have been distributed.  Ticketholders will be seated until 7:15 p.m., at which time any open seats will be made available to those without tickets waiting in line at East Professional Center.

Additional Music and Art Activities in Hough
Education programs in the Hough community are being led by Cleveland Orchestra musicians, teaching artists, Cleveland Museum of Art staff, and regional artists.  Many of these events took place during summer camps at the Fatima Family Center, Lexington Bell Community Center, the Rainey Institute, and the Cleveland Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Project (UMADAOP.). 

A complete calendar and listing of upcoming free community events related to the Orchestra's and Museum's residency can be found by reading an earlier Residency Update news release.

Calendar Listing

Cleveland Orchestra "At Home" in Hough Neighborhood Residency
Free community concert
East Professional Center (formerly East High School)
1349 East 79th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44103

Thursday evening, August 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Brett Mitchell, conductor
with the
Hough Community Chorus
prepared by William Henry Caldwell
assembled by John Parker
along with members of Cleveland Orchestra Choruses

BERNSTEIN - Overture to Candide
JOHN WILLIAMS - Air and Simple Gifts
SMALLWOOD - Total Praise (arr. Henry Panion)
     with Hough Community Chorus
TRADITIONAL - Oh Happy Day (arr. Henry Panion)
     with Hough Community Chorus
GERSHWIN - An American in Paris
COPLAND - Lincoln Portrait  
     with Judge Patricia Ann Blackmon, narrator
JOHNSON / JOHNSON - Lift Every Voice and Sing (arr. Hale Smith)
     with Hough Community Chorus

TICKETS:  Free concert.  Ticket required for admission.
Tickets for the free community concert were distributed throughout the Hough community in July.  All concert tickets have been distributed.  Ticketholders will be seated until 7:15 p.m., at which time any open seats will be made available to those without tickets waiting in line at East Professional Center.


Cleveland Orchestra Neighborhood Residencies — Overview

The Hough community was chosen for this year’s Cleveland Orchestra “At Home” neighborhood residency because it is a neighbor to both The Cleveland Orchestra and The Cleveland Museum of Art.  This year’s residency strives to create collaborative arts programs that can be sustained with the Hough community after the summer activities end.  The goal is to use music and art to help shine a bright light on all the good things happening in the Hough neighborhood today.  
The Cleveland Orchestra introduced its “At Home” neighborhood residencies in May 2013 in the Gordon Square community of Cleveland.  The second annual residency was held in Lakewood.  In 2015 the Orchestra visited the Slavic Village community.  The goals of the neighborhood residencies are to bring increased visibility and vibrancy to greater Cleveland’s neighborhoods, build community through arts and culture in tandem with local partners, and offer more people the opportunity to engage with the music and the musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra.  The residency also features solo and chamber music performances in unique locations, education programs at local schools, and new artistic collaborations with neighborhood arts and cultural organizations.  For more information, please visit       

Cleveland Museum of Art: Commitment to Community

The Cleveland Museum of Art belongs to the community — to people of all ages, all backgrounds, and all walks of life.  More than one hundred years ago, the founders of the Cleveland Museum of Art envisioned it as an essential community resource. They assembled a world-class collection and established a wide variety of programs designed to engage children and adults of all ages, bringing to life the founding mission statement “for the benefit of all the people forever.”  Listening to community needs and engaging in meaningful programming continue to be implicit in the museum’s work and allow the museum and its
offerings to be accessible to the broadest possible audience.   For more information, please visit

The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Museum of Art thank the following community partners who are helping make The Cleveland Orchestra at Home in Hough and Cleveland Museum of Art neighborhood residency possible:

    Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park
    Château Hough Vineyards
    The Churches of Hough
    City of Cleveland
    Cleveland Metropolitan School District
    Cleveland UMADAOP
    Eliza Bryant Village
    Fatima Family Center
    Hough Development Corporation
    ideastream© 90.3 WCPN, WCLV Classical 104.9, and WVIZ PBS
    Langston Hughes Library
    League Park
    Lexington Bell Community Center
    Rainey Institute
    Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center