Community Engagement Summer Events 2019

Community Engagement Summer Events 2019

Free & open to the public

This summer, The Cleveland Orchestra will provide activities for families and adults throughout Greater Cleveland, including performances and instrument discovery zones!

  • May 19: Cleveland Asian Festival (Asiatown)
  • June 8: Parade the Circle (University Circle)
  • June 21: Make Music Day! CLE (Severance Hall)
  • June 30: Edgewater Street Fest (Cleveland)
  • July 13: Lakewood Summer Meltdown
  • July 15: Literary Lot (Slavic Village)
  • July 22: Literary Lot (Slavic Village)
  • July 29: Literary Lot (Slavic Village)
  • August 5: Literary Lot (Slavic Village)
  • August 7: Cleveland Orchestra’s Star-Spangled  Spectacular Concert (Downtown)
  • August 9: Be My Neighbor Day (Downtown)
  • August 25: One World Day (University Circle)
  • September 7: Grandparents' Festival (Parma)
  • September 15: Cleveland Orchestra Violin Recital (Parma Heights)

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Neighborhood Partners

Neighborhood Partners is the evolution of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Neighborhood Residency program, which took place in 4 Cleveland neighborhoods including Gordon Square (2013), Lakewood (2014), Slavic Village (2015) and Hough (2016). More program information to come.

The first Annual Gordon Square Music Showcase took place on Saturday, March 2, 2019.


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.


Orchestras Feeding America - Food Drive

Orchestras Feeding America

Annually, The Cleveland Orchestra will participate in the National Food Drive “Orchestras Feeding America.” Since “Orchestras Feeding America” began in 2007, The Cleveland Orchestra has collected over 10,000 pounds of food. The food drive typically takes place in the winter/spring at Severance Hall.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank
The recipient of this year’s food drive is the Greater Cleveland Food Bank who works to alleviate hunger in 6 Northeast Ohio counties by providing more than 800 partner agencies and hunger relief programs with food, select non-food products, training and planning strategies. For more information about the League of American's "Orchestras Feeding America" Food Drive, please visit their website.


Play It Forward Cleveland! Instrument Drive

Play It Forward Cleveland!

For many of us, it’s difficult to imagine a world without music. But for countless children in Cleveland, this is the reality. Let’s work together to get instruments into the hands and lives of Cleveland’s children. Join Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell, The Cleveland Orchestra, Arts Cleveland, Center for Arts Inspired Learning and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to Play It Forward Cleveland! The goal is to give children the pride, the joy, and the lifetime benefits music-making provides.

Play It Forward Cleveland! Sponsors


Martin Luther King Jr. Concert

The Cleveland Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert, now in its 40th year, honors through music the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This dynamic musical program is performed by The Cleveland Orchestra in historic Severance Hall and also includes outstanding soloists and the MLK Celebration Chorus comprised of choristers from a range of local churches as well as Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus members. The annual MLK Community Service Awards, which recognize outstanding civic contributions of individuals, organizations, and groups, are presented at the top of the concert. Both the concert and the community service awards are presented in collaboration with the City of Cleveland. The MLK Celebration Concert will take place on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM at Severance Hall. Ticket information will be released in November 2019.


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 12, 2020, at 7:00 PM. Nominations due: Friday, December 6, 2019.

MLK Awards Nomination Form

MLK Awards Flyer


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.