Lullaby Learning Session - Thursday, September 10 at 2:00 PM via ZOOM

Attention parents! The Cleveland Orchestra will hold a digital learning session for families interested in the Lullaby Project. In the Lullaby Project, pregnant and new parents work side-by-side with Cleveland Orchestra musicians and local music therapists to create, sing, and share a personal lullaby for their babies. The songs express their hopes and dreams for their child and communicate their love for their baby.

Each learning session will include:

  • Lullaby Project overview and demonstration
  • Resources for early-childhood development with a certified music therapist
  • Tips for incorporating music daily in to your family life

The digital learning session is scheduled for Thursday, September 10 at 2:00-3:30 PM via ZOOM. Details will be emailed to you. Sign up to receive announcements and notifications at the form below. The learning session is open to all, regardless of parental status. Participation in Lullaby Project will be dependent on enrollment in partner organizations.

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Mama Moshaye and Dad Lloyd with daughter Mozaria Miracle, Elayna Duitman (Cleveland Orchestra violinist), and Alana Dennis (music therapist)

Mama Moshaye and Dad Lloyd with daughter Mozaria Miracle, Elayna Duitman (Cleveland Orchestra violinist), and Alana Dennis (music therapist)

Hough Lullaby Project

Inspired by Carnegie Hall's program, pregnant and new mothers in Lexington-Bell Community Center’s Mom’s First program work side-by-side with Cleveland Orchestra musicians and music therapists to create, sing and share a personal lullaby for their babies. The Cleveland Orchestra’s Lullaby Project, in coordination with other organizations across Cuyahoga County who are fighting to lower the infant mortality rate, raises awareness for this important issue, provides support for moms at risk, and offers an outlet for mothers to use their voice to make an impact in the lives of their families. The program launched in October 2019 with lullaby writing sessions occurring throughout the year.

Neighborhood Partners

Neighborhood Partners is the evolution of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Neighborhood Residency program, which took place in four Cleveland neighborhoods including Gordon Square (2013), Lakewood (2014), Slavic Village (2015) and Hough (2016). We are returning to each neighborhood to collaboratively create long-term, sustainable programs that address the unique needs of each neighborhood. Check out the program videos below to learn more!


Launched in September 2018, the Orchestra’s Crescendo program is making a long-term investment in Cleveland students in Slavic Village and Hough. Crescendo provides hands-on instrument instruction, fostering students’ ability to study and perform at the highest level. Students are mentored by Cleveland Orchestra musicians throughout the year. Crescendo takes place during the school year at Mound STEM Elementary School (Kodaly & Suzuki violin instruction) and Wade Park Elementary School (trumpet & trombone instruction).

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 Chorus

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus is a volunteer community chorus assembled each year since 1989 to sing as part of The Cleveland Orchestra's annual MLK Celebration Concert. Bringing together singers from across Northeast Ohio, the Chorus lifts its collective voices in affirmation of Dr. King's vision of justice, peace, and human harmony. First assembled by Alvin Parris, the Chorus has been prepared and assembled by William Henry Caldwell for the past decade.

Thank you for your interest in the MLK Chorus! Registration for the 2020 MLK Chorus is now closed.

MLK Community Service Awards

Since 2004, The Cleveland Orchestra’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards have recognized individuals and organizations for their extraordinary service to the community reflecting the spirit, example and teachings of Dr. King. Nominations due: Thursday, October 15, 2020.

MLK Awards Nomination Form

MLK Awards Flyer

MLK Community Open House

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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. The day includes annual performances by The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. Beginning in 2020 we are collaborating with Case Western Reserve University to present, “400: An Afrikan Epic.” This performance is a journey through music that chronologically represents the Afrikan experience, past, present and future, composed and presented by Dr. Mark Lomax II. It will be followed by a panel discussion led by Joy Bostic, Interim VP, Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at CWRU. Throughout the day, fun activities include the “MLK I Have A Dream Wall,” MLK themed coloring pages, puzzles and activity sheets, the Cuyahoga County Public Library Book Display, and Line Dancing in the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer by Terry Macklin Entertainment.

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.

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.

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