Cleveland Orchestra’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration concert is Jan. 14

The Cleveland Orchestra’s 38th annual free concert in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Severance Hall, conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst.

Tickets for the free concert are available through a lottery, which can be entered in one of the following ways:

  • Fill out a lottery form at
  • Send a postcard or letter to 2018 MLK Ticket Lottery/Ticket Offce, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106. Include name, address, email, phone number and number of tickets requested (up to four)
  • Call the Ticket Office (216-231-1111) during regular business hours

All entries must be received by Jan. 3. Winners will be chosen at random on Jan. 4, when winners will be mailed tickets.

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The Grand Foyer of Severance Hall in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland. (Associated Press file photo)

The Jan. 14 program features classical selections by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Verdi, as well as traditional hymns and spirituals such as “Down by the Riverside,” “Precious Lord” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” according to a news release.

The Cleveland Orchestra is joined for this performance by:

  • Narrator James Pickens Jr., a Cleveland native who is best known as Dr. Richard Webber on “Grey’s Anatomy” and Deputy Director Alvin Kersh on “The X-Files”
  • Guest soloist Ryan Speedo Green
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus — an all-Cleveland community volunteer chorus — directed by William Henry Caldwell

The concert is sponsored by KeyBank and supported by a grant from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

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