The Musical Arts Association and Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced The Cleveland Orchestra's 28th annual concert in celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
The concert will take place at Severance Hall on Jan. 20 at 7: p.m., under the direction of guest conductor Chelsea Tipton II. The program will feature selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Roland Carter, and John Williams as well as spirituals and gospel songs. Performing as violin soloist in this year's celebration concert is Sphinx Competition prizewinner Elena Urioste. The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus and the Central State University Chorus, prepared by William Henry Caldwell, also will participate.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus is a 125-member volunteer chorus from the greater Cleveland community, and the internationally acclaimed Central State University Chorus (directed by William Henry Caldwell) is the official choir of Central State University, in Wilberforce, Ohio.
James Rose, vice president, sales and national accounts for OEConnections, will give the pre-concert talk, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall.
The talk is free to ticket-holders for the evening's concert.
The Cleveland Orchestra and the Greater Cleveland Partnership also will present the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Community Service Award at the Orchestra's 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert.
Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell will present awards in recognition of the services and achievements of an individual and a business or organization that have positively impacted Cleveland in the spirit of the teachings and example of Dr. King.