42nd Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert
Dates: June 4, 2022 Free General Admission Tickets Now Available
Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Venue: Severance Music Center Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall
Event Dates and Tickets
Saturday, June 4, 2022 7:00PM
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Community Access Partner: KeyBank
Limit of 4 per household
This concert is free, though General Admission tickets are required. Due to the high demand, tickets to this concert go quickly. Typically, all tickets for this performance are distributed by noon on the day they are made available to the public.
About the Concert
This uplifting concert will showcase the music of prominent Black composers — such as Dolores White, Mary D. Watkins, Carlos Simon, Brian Raphael Nabors, William Grant Still, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor — as well as music in the African American spiritual tradition. The program concludes with James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson’s beloved hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2022 Community Service Awards will be presented as part of this concert.
- DOLORES WHITE Celebration
- MARY D. WATKINS Soul of Remembrance
- TRADITIONAL Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit
- TRADITIONAL Deep River
- CARLOS SIMON Fate Now Conquers
- BRIAN RAPHAEL NABORS Iubiolo
- TRADITIONAL Cert’n’y Lord
- TRADITIONAL Lord I Want to Be a Christian
- TRADITIONAL Seek the Lord
- WILLIAM GRANT STILL Summerland from Three Visions
- TRADITIONAL He’s Got the Whole World
- TRADITIONAL A City Called Heaven
- SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Ballade
- JOHN ROSAMOND JOHNSON Lift Every Voice and Sing
- The Cleveland Orchestra
- Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
- Jacqueline Echols, soprano
- Tony Sias, narrator
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Chorus
- Dr. William Henry Caldwell, director
The performance will be livestreamed free on the Orchestra’s Adella app, Adella.Live, and youtube.com/clevelandorchestra and broadcast live on 90.3 WCLV Classical 104.9, 89.7 WKSU, on ideastream.org, and on the Ideastream Public Media app.
Concert Sponsors: Medical Mutual and FirstEnergy Foundation
Severance Music Center
Severance is Cleveland’s musical home for symphonic music and other presentations, including Mandel Concert Hall and Reinberger Chamber Hall. We are strongly committed to making everyone feel welcome. The doors to Severance open three hours prior to most performances.
Health & Safety
The Cleveland Orchestra is committed to creating a comfortable, enjoyable and safe environment for our guests, musicians, volunteers and staff.
In partnership with The Cleveland Clinic, we have adopted safety protocols to ensure your visit to Severance Music Center is safe and enjoyable. These protocols are in effect now, and will be reviewed regularly to follow the latest public health recommendations as we welcome you back to in-person concerts. For up to date information, please bookmark this page and visit before you attend your next performance.
Anyone feeling ill or experiencing symptoms related to a cold or infectious disease is asked to take care of their health and protect others by staying home.
Update as of March 18, 2022
As of March 18, guests will no longer be required wear a mask or show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test. Masks and vaccination against Covid-19 are strongly recommended for all guests attending performances at Severance Music Center.
Enhanced Cleaning Procedures
High-touch areas, including countertops, door handles and elevators, are cleaned and sanitized regularly. In addition, seating areas and corresponding lobbies are disinfected with CDC-approved aerosol sprays after each performance. Hand sanitizer stations are provided throughout Severance.
Severance has updated its HVAC filtration and circulation systems to meet the guidelines of local public health authorities and recommendations from the Cleveland Clinic.
Ticket Wallet App (Paperless Tickets)
After purchasing tickets, guests are encouraged to access the free Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Wallet app to gain instant, secure, and paperless access to their reserved concert tickets. For more information, visit our Ticket Wallet page.
Below is a list of the features and services that The Cleveland Orchestra has made available in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance for this concert.
Wheelchair Access & Seating
The venue's seating has reserved special areas for those attending with the use of a wheelchair. These seating options are available during your seat selection across seating price levels. Ushers are available to assist, especially in the event of a General Admission concert.
There is barrier-free entry to Severance with automatic sliding doors at our garage entrance on Lower Level One in the CWRU Campus Center Garage. There is an elevator for wheelchair access in the center of the garage for travelling from Lower Level Two (the lowest level) to Lower Level One (the level of our arrival entrance). The Euclid Avenue entrance to Severance is best suited for wheelchair entry, with a convenient drop-off area designated at the curb.
Companion Wheelchair Seating
Wheelchair companion seating is available for purchase online and through Severance Ticket Services. Look for a "C" shape on the seating map when making your selection.
Assistance for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Infrared Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available without charge for most performances in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall. Please request one in advance online or by calling the House Manager’s office. You will be asked to provide a driver’s license or ID card upon arrival, which will be held until the return of the device. Head Ushers can explain how to use the ALD.
Interpretive services may be available for certain events at Severance. Prior arrangements should be made four weeks in advance. Appropriate seat locations may be necessary. TTY line access is available at the public pay phone in the Security Office located at the garage entrance.
Assistance for the Blind or Persons with Low Vision
Large Print Programs are available for most Cleveland Orchestra performances in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall. These are available at the Coat Room locations or from Head Ushers on each level of the Concert Hall, and at Concert Previews.
For select vocal performances, Braille texts may be available on request with 2 weeks’ notice.
Trained guide dogs and service animals are welcome at Severance. If you have any questions, please contact the Ticket Office or the House Manager.
All Smith Lobby restrooms are fully accessible. In addition, private family-accessible restrooms are located in the Smith Lobby and off the Dress Circle Lobby.
The Cleveland Orchestra is strongly committed to making our facilities and performances accessible to all patrons. For more information regarding all of our accessibility services, please visit our Accessibility page.