Neighborhood Partners

Neighborhood Partners is the evolution of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Neighborhood Residency program, which took place in four Cleveland neighborhoods including Gordon Square (2013), Lakewood (2014), Slavic Village (2015) and Hough (2016). We are returning to each neighborhood to collaboratively create long-term, sustainable programs that address the unique needs of each neighborhood. Check out the program videos below to learn more!

Hough Lullaby Project

Inspired by Carnegie Hall's program, pregnant and new mothers in Lexington-Bell’s Mom’s First program will work side-by-side with Cleveland Orchestra musicians and music therapists from The Music Settlement to create, sing and share a personal lullaby for their babies. The Cleveland Orchestra’s Lullaby Project, in coordination with other organizations across Cuyahoga County who are fighting to lower the infant mortality rate, will raise awareness for this important issue, provide support for moms at risk, and offer an outlet for mothers to use their voice to make an impact in the lives of their families. The program will launch in October 2019 with lullaby writing sessions occurring throughout the year, culminating in a Lullaby Celebration concert with the moms performing their lullabies with an ensemble Orchestra musicians.


Launched in September 2018, the Orchestra’s Crescendo program is making a long-term investment in Cleveland students in Slavic Village and Hough. Crescendo provides hands-on instrument instruction, fostering students’ ability to study and perform at the highest level. Students are mentored by Cleveland Orchestra musicians throughout the year. Crescendo takes place during the school year at Mound STEM Elementary School (Kodaly & Suzuki violin instruction) and Wade Park Elementary School (trumpet & trombone instruction).

Martin Luther King Jr. Concert

The Cleveland Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert, now in its 40th 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. The MLK Celebration Concert will take place on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM at Severance Hall. Ticket information will be released in November 2019.

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 12, 2020, at 7:00 PM. Nominations due: Friday, December 6, 2019.

MLK Awards Nomination Form

MLK Awards Flyer

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. The day includes annual performances by The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. Beginning in 2020 we are collaborating with Case Western Reserve University to present, “400: An Afrikan Epic.” This performance is a journey through music that chronologically represents the Afrikan experience, past, present and future, composed and presented by Dr. Mark Lomax II. It will be followed by a panel discussion led by Joy Bostic, Interim VP, Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at CWRU. Throughout the day, fun activities include the “MLK I Have A Dream Wall,” MLK themed coloring pages, puzzles and activity sheets, the Cuyahoga County Public Library Book Display, and Line Dancing in the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer by Terry Macklin Entertainment.

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.

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.

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