Cleveland Orchestra pays tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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On Jan. 19 at 7 p.m., The Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Chelsea Tipton, will perform its 34th annual concert in celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Severance Hall in Cleveland.

The concert will feature the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus (a 165-member volunteer chorus from the greater Cleveland community), prepared by William Henry Caldwell, and Sphinx Competition prizewinner Lev Mamuya as cello soloist.

Severance Hall will also have its 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Open House on Jan. 20 from noon to 5 p.m. The free day of activities and performances celebrates the legacy of Dr. King and will feature performances by local performing arts groups, including the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.

Severance Hall is at 11001 Euclid Ave. For details, visit clevelandorchestra.com, call 216-231-1111, or email boxoffice@clevelandorchestra.com.

food bank drive

The Cleveland Orchestra also will have a food drive Jan. 16 through 20 to benefit the Lakewood Hunger Network. Concertgoers are invited to bring unexpired, unopened, non-perishable food in a box, can or plastic container, to donate at the following performances and events surrounding the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend:

Jan. 16 - The Cleveland Orchestra at 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 17 - The Cleveland Orchestra at 8 p.m.

Jan. 18 - The Cleveland Orchestra at 8 p.m.

Jan. 19 - The Cleveland Orchestra, MLK Celebration Concert at 7 p.m.

Jan. 20 - Severance Hall MLK Day Community Open House - noon to 5 p.m.

Marked bins will be available in the lobbies to collect donations one hour prior to each concert and the Open House.

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