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Martin Luther King Jr. Community Open House


Severance Hall

12 (noon) to 5 p.m.

12:15 PM - Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
1:30 PM - 400: An Afrikan Epic with Dr. Mark Lomax, II
2:45 PM - 400: An Afrikan Epic--A Conversation
4:15 PM - Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus

All performances take place in the Concert Hall.

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. The day includes annual performances by The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. Beginning in 2020 we are collaborating with Case Western Reserve University to present, “400: An Afrikan Epic.” This performance is a journey through music that chronologically represents the Afrikan experience, past, present and future, composed and presented by Dr. Mark Lomax II.

It will be followed by a panel discussion led by Joy Bostic, Interim VP, Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at CWRU. Throughout the day, fun activities include the “MLK I Have A Dream Wall,” MLK themed coloring pages, puzzles and activity sheets, the Cuyahoga County Public Library Book Display, and Line Dancing in the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer by Terry Macklin Entertainment.

Ongoing Family Activities

  • “I Have a Dream” Wall in the Smith Lobby.
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library Book Display in the Smith Lobby.
  • Terry Macklin Sounds of Entertainment. – DJ and Line Dancing with “Crazy Legs” – takes place in the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer between performances.

Sponsored by KeyBank and supported by a grant from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

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