MLK Community Service Awards to be Presented At The Cleveland Orchestra's Annual Concert

MLK Community Service Awards to be Presented At The Cleveland Orchestra's Annual Concert

On January 14 at 7:00 p.m., The Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, performed its 38th annual concert in celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The sold out concert featured the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus prepared by William Henry Caldwell, soloist Ryan Speedo Green, and narrator James Pickens Jr. The concert was broadcast live on radio stations WCLV (104.9 FM) and WCPN (90.3 FM). It will air in a delayed television broadcast on WVIZ/PBS on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 9:00 p.m.

At the beginning of the program, the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award was given in three categories in recognition of the services and achievements of:

Special Recognition: Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell, for conceiving these awards 15 years ago

Youth: Titus Hicks, Baldwin Wallace University Scholar program, for raising others up through education

Organization: KeyBank, for its commitment to community and continued sponsorship of this concert

All have positively made an impact on Cleveland in the spirit and teachings of Dr. King.

Richard K. Smucker, Board President of The Cleveland Orchestra, presided over the awards, with winners announced by Jeffery Weaver, Chair, Cleveland Orchestra Community Engagement Committee, and presented onstage with Mayor Frank G. Jackson

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

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