42nd Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2022 Free Community Day

Event Information

  • Dates: January 17, 2022 Postponed (as of Jan. 6, 2022)

  • Who: Family-friendly performances COYO, COYC, and Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra

  • Venue: Severance Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall

Event Dates and Tickets

Monday, January 17, 2022 12:00PM

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Community Access Partner: KeyBank

Event Info & Schedule

Update (Jan. 6, 2022):

The Cleveland Orchestra’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert and Community Day Postponed

Due to the current surge of Covid-19 cases in Northeast Ohio and a High Transmission rating from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Cleveland Orchestra regrets having to postpone its Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert on Sunday, January 16 and Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day on Monday, January 17.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert will be rescheduled to Saturday, June 4, bringing the community together near the Juneteenth holiday for this uplifting event. The new ticket distribution date will be announced in the coming months.

In lieu of a live concert and community day, people can enjoy a free stream of the full video of the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert from January 17 through February 28 on the Adella app, and Adella.live, The Cleveland Orchestra’s video streaming service. Details of the streamed concert can be found from a previous announcement here.

This free Community Day will feature performances by musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, and a gospel ensemble.

This day of family-friendly performances is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.


12:30-1:00 PM

Performance by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus
Mandel Concert Hall

  • MELANIE DEMORE  Lead With Love
  • Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus
  • Daniel Singer, director
  • Maria Hisey, Emma Smith, Aurora Villanueva, soloists


1:15-2:15 PM

“Honoring Black Composers” with Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra
Reinberger Chamber Hall  

Performance to include music by William Grant Still, Dolores White, Allison Loggins-Hull, Melika M. Fitzhugh, H. Leslie Adams, Florence Price, Julia Perry, George Walker, and Brian Raphael Nabors

2:15-2:45 PM

Post-performance discussion
Reinberger Chamber Hall


3:00-3:45 PM

Gospel Ensemble
Mandel Concert Hall


4:15-5:00 PM

Performance by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Mandel Concert Hall

  • TOWER  Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 6
  • SWANSON  Short Symphony
  • GLAZUNOV  Violin Concerto, movement no. 3
  • DVOƘÁK  Symphony No. 7, movements no. 3 and 4
  • Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
  • Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
  • Moshi Tang, violin


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Concert Sponsor: Medical Mutual

Severance Hall, exterior of front entrance.

Severance Music Center

Severance is Cleveland’s musical home for symphonic music and other presentations, including the Jack, Joseph and Morton 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.

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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.

Enhanced Ventilation

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.

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Accessibility Services

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.

Service Animals

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.

Additional Information

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.