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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert

Ward 11 Councilman Michael Polensek, Ronald Boone and Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell 
(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert)

Mayor Frank Jackson and Ted Horvath
(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert)

Carolyn and John Garland with Margot Copeland
(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert)

Mayor Frank Jackson with Imaris Rivera and Marin Parries
(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert)

The City of Cleveland and
The Musical Arts Association
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert”

    The 30th annual concert celebrating the birth of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was presented by the City of Cleveland and the Musical Arts Association to a sold-out audience at Severance Hall.
    The invocation by the Rev. Cory C. Jenkins, senior pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, preceded welcoming remarks by MAA President Dennis LaBarre and by Margot Copeland, executive vice president and director of Corporate Diversity & Philanthropy, KeyCorp. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell and Mr. LaBarre presented the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards, in recognition of exemplary community service and volunteerism by an organization, and an adult and youth individual. The recipients were The Presidents’ Council, the Northeast Ohio minorities advocate organization; Ted Horvath, ardent supporter for more than 50 years of the Eleanor B. Rainey Institute; and Ebony Summers, senior at Jane Adams High School.
    The concert was the inspiring collaboration of The Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Franz Welser-Most, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Chorus and the Central State University Chorus, both under the director of William Henry Caldwell, associate professor of music at CSU in Wilberforce, Ohio. Sphinx Competition winner, cellist Tony Rymer, was featured in Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor and John Hay High School students Imaris Rivera and Martin Parries sang the moving duet, “One Hand, One Heart,” from “West Side Story.”
    The evening concluded with a post-concert reception catered by Sammy’s. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RIDDLE   

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