Play It Forward Cleveland!

For many of us, it’s difficult to imagine a world without music. But for countless children in Cleveland, this is the reality. Let’s work together to get instruments into the hands and lives of Cleveland’s children. Join Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell, The Cleveland Orchestra, Arts Cleveland, Center for Arts Inspired Learning and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to Play It Forward Cleveland! The goal is to give children the pride, the joy, and the lifetime benefits music-making provides.

Instrument Drive for Cleveland's Children
Drop off your gently-used instruments at Severance Hall
11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, in University Circle

Monday, January 21 from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Sunday, February 17 from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
and Saturday, March 9 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instrument Drop-Off Form

Instrument Repair Fund

Play It Forward Cleveland! Sponsors

Play It Forward Cleveland! Instrument Drive


community programs in action

Star-Spangled Spectacular Concert

Now in its 29th year, the Star-Spangled Spectacular provides greater access to music and culture for the citizens of Cuyahoga County and beyond. This free community concert occurs in Downtown Cleveland every summer for Clevelanders of all ages. The outdoor venue features food truck vendors and a spectacular fireworks display following the concert. The Star-Spangled Spectacular is led by guest and resident conductors of The Cleveland Orchestra. The annual Star-Spangled Spectacular is supported by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, sponsored by KeyBank, and audio captured by Ideastream and broadcast live on 90.3 WCPN and WCLV Classical 104.9.


Martin Luther King Jr. Concert

The Cleveland Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert, now in its 39th year, honors through music the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This dynamic musical program is performed by The Cleveland Orchestra in historic Severance Hall and also includes outstanding soloists and the MLK Celebration Chorus comprised of choristers from a range of local churches as well as Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus members. The annual MLK Community Service Awards, which recognize outstanding civic contributions of individuals, organizations, and groups, are presented at the top of the concert. Both the concert and the community service awards are presented in collaboration with the City of Cleveland.

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MLK Community Service Awards

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards recognize an Adult, Youth, and Business or Organization who have positively impacted Cleveland in the spirit of the teachings and example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards will be presented at The Cleveland Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert at Severance Hall on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 7:00 PM. Nominations due: Friday, November 30, 2018.

Nomination Form

Awards Information


MLK Community Open House

The MLK Community Open House invites Clevelanders to Severance Hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for a free day of music and community engagement. Performances and family activities take place throughout the day through Severance Hall. Past performers have included Dance Afrika Dance; Shaw High School Marching Band; the Cleveland Inner City Ballet; El Sistema@Rainey; Councilman Conwell & The Footprints; the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra; Cleveland Orchestra Children’s and Youth Choruses. Family activities include MLK themed coloring pages, the “I Have a Dream” wall; Cuyahoga County Public Library Book Display; and Line Dancing in the Grand Foyer.

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