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Allison Loggins-Hull
SPRING 2024// Community Spotlight

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 information

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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.

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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.

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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 PM

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In the Community

By collaborating closely with local neighborhoods, The Cleveland Orchestra creates long-term, sustainable programs that musically address their unique needs.

Creative Fusion Collaboration

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!

Music Mentors

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!

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