Cleveland Orchestra and Greater Cleveland Partnership Seek Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award Nominees

November 27
9:37 AM 2012

Cleveland Orchestra and Greater Cleveland Partnership Seek Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award Nominees

In cooperation with the City of Cleveland, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Greater Cleveland Partnership, through the Commission on Economic Inclusion, are currently accepting nominations for the tenth annual DR. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, which will be presented at the Orchestra's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert at Severance Hall on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.  Awards will be presented in three categories in recognition of the services and achievements of an adult, a youth, and a business or organization that have positively impacted Cleveland in the spirit of the teachings and example of Dr. King.    

Nomination and Selection Process

Members of the community may submit nominations for award consideration.  Nomination forms are available through the websites of The Cleveland Orchestra (, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (, the City of Cleveland (, or by calling The Cleveland Orchestra's Department of Education and Community Programs, (216) 231-7355.  Nomination forms are due by Friday, December 21, 2012, and should be mailed to MLK Community Service Award, Attention:  Education and Community Programs, The Cleveland Orchestra, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, or emailed with Subject Line: MLK Community Service Award Nomination.

A panel composed of community leaders will select award recipients. The Nomination Committee will be chaired by Robert P. Madison, CEO, Robert P. Madison International, Inc., and a member of the Musical Arts Association Board of Trustees. 

To view the criteria for the awards and the nomination form, click here

Award Presentation and Concert

The DR. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award will be presented to the outstanding adult, youth, and business or organization at The Cleveland Orchestra's 33rd annuAl Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert on January 20, 2013. The concert, led by Tito Muñoz, will take place at Severance Hall at 7:00 p.m., and will feature the Junior Division First Prize winner of the 2012 Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino string players, violinist Ade Williams.  The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus and the Central State University Chorus, with conductor William Henry Caldwell, will also participate in the concert. 

Admission to the concert is free, but tickets are required.  Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Wednesday, January 2, 2013, through the Severance Hall Ticket Office in person; by phone at (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141; or online at  Due to the high demand for tickets to this concert, traditionally all tickets for this concert have been distributed by 4 p.m. on the day they are made available to the public.  There is a limit of 2 tickets per household.  

This concert is sponsored by KeyBank, a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence.  The musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra donate their services for this concert as a benefit to the Musical Arts Association sustaining fund.  

For more information about award nominations and the MLK Celebration Concert on January 20, 2013, please contact The Cleveland Orchestra's Department of Education and Community Programs at (216) 231-7355.

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