Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration MLK Community Open House & Day of Music

Event Information

  • Dates: January 15, 2024 No Tickets Required
  • Who: Family-friendly performances COYO, COYC, & Community Ensembles
  • Venue: Severance Music Center Cleveland, OH

Event Dates and Tickets

Monday, January 15, 2024 12:00PM

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Community Access Partner: KeyBank

Event Info & Schedule

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with free community performances and activities! This family-friendly event features a wide variety of community ensembles live from Severance’s Mandel Concert Hall and Reinberger Chamber Hall. Come as you are; you are welcome at Severance!

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

Parking: $7 special event parking in Campus Center Garage (Lot 29)

Grand Foyer

12:00 – 4:00 PM  DJ IamYulissa
3:00 – 4:00 PM  10k Movement Showcase & Workshop

Mandel Concert Hall

12:00 – 12:30 PM  Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus with Daniel Singer
12:40 – 1:20 PM  Linking Legacies
1:30 – 2:10 PM  Evelyn Wright & the Joe Hunter Trio
2:30 – 3:00 PM  Djapo Cultural Arts Institute
4:00 – 5:00 PM  Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, with Daniel Reith 

Reinberger Chamber Hall

1:30 – 2:00 PM  Cleveland Orchestra’s Bassoon Farm and Campus Trumpet students
2:30 – 3:00 PM  Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers
3:20 – 3:40 PM
  Amaryn Olmeda Showcase

Smith Lobby (Ongoing Activities)

  • “I Have a Dream” Interactive Wall
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Coloring Book
  • COYO/COYC Resource Table
  • Cleveland Votes Resource Table
  • Cleveland Public Library MLK Book Display

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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The most convenient parking option is Case Western Reserve University's (CWRU) Lot 29 Campus Center Garage. The garage is located directly adjacent to Severance Music Center off East Boulevard, and provides stair and elevator access to the hall.

For more information about getting to Severance Music Center and where to park, please visit our Directions & Parking page.

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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

Our 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 Music Center 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 traveling 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.