Uniting our community through music. Find us in your neighborhood and attend free annual community concerts.
Free In Community Chamber Concert Series
The free In Community Chamber Concert Series, comprised of four unique concerts, is curated by Daniel R. Lewis composer fellow Allison Loggins-Hull in collaboration with Cleveland community partners. This series commences on March 12, 2024, at St. Vladimir’s Church, with subsequent concerts held at Fatima Family Center (April 23, 2024), Karamu House (May 1, 2024). The final concert of the series takes place at Severance Music Center (May 11, 2024). Visit the button below for concert details and ticket informationAbout the Concert
Service in the Arts Awards
Each year, The Cleveland Orchestra recognizes individuals or organizations for their positive impact on music and the arts, reflecting the spirit, example and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Submit Nominations View Past Recipients
MLK Celebration Chorus
The MLK Chorus lifts its collective voice in affirmation of Dr. King’s vision of justice, peace and human harmony. Assembled since 1989 to sing as part of the annual MLK Celebration Concert, this volunteer community chorus brings together singers from across Northeast Ohio and is directed by William Henry Caldwell.Register Now Learn More
MLK Community Open House & Day of Music
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! Monday, January 15, 2024 from 12:00-5:00 PMPreview Free Event
In the Community
By collaborating closely with local neighborhoods, The Cleveland Orchestra creates long-term, sustainable programs that musically address their unique needs.
New Voices, New Music
Partnering with Cleveland Classical Guitar Society and El Comité Mexicano de Cleveland, musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra brought to life the pieces of 2 composers. Hermelindo Ruiz explores Puerto Rican musical styles as he reflects on being a part of, yet separate from, mainstream American culture and Thomas Flippin examines the dual viruses of COVID-19 and racism, calling attention to the pervasive ways they have infected American society.
These 3 works are part of a series designed to increase cultural understanding and awareness of important social issues, and was supported by the Cleveland Foundation.
Community Concert Highlights
Every summer, Cleveland Orchestra staff and musicians are #IntheCommunity! Check out this highlight reel showcasing some of our continued community partner relationships and summer performances from 2021. Clips include performances at festivals all over Cleveland like La Placita, Cleveland Cultural Gardens One World Day, and Hispanic Heritage Month at Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center. Other performance locations included the Cozad-Bates House, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Metro Health Hospitals, and other neighborhood pop-ups!
Hear from Cleveland School of the Arts orchestra students about their experience making music with #ClevelandOrchestra musicians in the CSA Music Mentors program.
Play It Forward
Give children the pride, the joy, and the lifetime benefits music-making provides
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!Join the Cause