Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert

Event Information

  • Dates: January 15, 2023 Free General Admission Tickets
  • Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Daniel Reith, conductor
  • Venue: Severance Music Center Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall

Event Dates and Tickets

Sunday, January 15, 2023 7:00PM

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Community Access Partner: KeyBank

Ticket Information update:
All tickets for the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert have been claimed.

About the Concert

The program includes music by Black composers Florence Price and William L. Dawson, among several others, as well as Aaron Copland’s tribute to the 16th President of the United States, A Lincoln Portrait, marking 80 years since its premier. The concert concludes with the uplifting and powerful hymn, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2023 Community Service Awards will be presented as part of the January 15 concert. 

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR The Bamboula, Rhapsodic Dance No. 1
TRADITIONAL Way Over in Beulah Lan’ (arr. Gibbs)
TRADITIONAL Walk Together Children (arr. Smith)
TRADITIONAL Precious Lord, Take My Hand (arr. Floyd)
DAWSON Third Movement from Negro Folk Symphony
PRICE Fourth Movement from Symphony No. 1
HERBERT Elegy: In Memoriam Stephen Lawrence
SMALLWOOD Total Praise (arr. Goss/Gittleman)
SHROPSHIRE If My Jesus Wills/We Shall Overcome (arr. Berens)
COPLAND Lincoln Portrait
JOHNSON Lift Every Voice and Sing (arr. Smith)


Performing Artists

The Cleveland Orchestra
Daniel Reith, conductor
Soloman Howard, bass and narrator
Peter Lawson Jones, narrator and emcee
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Chorus
Dr. William Henry Caldwell, director


Radio broadcast with Ideastream Public Media 

The longstanding relationship between The Cleveland Orchestra and Ideastream Public Media continues, with audio of the January 15 concert to be broadcast live on WCLV 90.3, WKSU 89.7, and live, simultaneous streaming available on, smart speakers and the Ideastream Public Media app, expanding access to this musical experience.

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.