MLK

Severance Hall
January 14 – Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA   ABOUT

Franz Welser-Möst, conductor  BIO

James Pickens Jr., narrator  BIO

Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone  BIO

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus
William Henry Caldwell, director  BIO

“Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ’round” (a cappella)
African-American spiritual, arranged for chorus by William Henry Caldwell
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus

Overture to Egmont
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

“Lord God of Abraham” from Elijah
Felix Mendelssohn  (1809-1847)
with Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone

Lyric for Strings
George Walker   (b. 1922)

Down by the Riverside
African-American spiritual, arranged for chorus and soloist by Charles Floyd
with Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone
and the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus

intermission

Va pensiero (“Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves”) from Nabucco
Guiseppe Verdi   (1913-1901)
with the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus

Pines of the Appian Way from Pines of Rome
Ottorino Respighi  (1879-1936)

Battle Hymn of the Republic
words by Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), to a traditional camp-meeting song
arranged for chorus and orchestra by Peter Wilhousky
with the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus

Take My Hand, Precious Lord
Thomas A. Dorsey  (1899-1993)
arranged for chorus and soloist by Charles Floyd
with Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone
and the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus

Movement 4 from Symphony No. 5 (“Reformation”)
Felix Mendelssohn  (1809-1847)

Lift Every Voice and Sing
words by James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)
music by J. Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954)
arranged by Hale Smith

Broadcast live by ideastream on 90.3 WCPN and WCLV 104.9.

This concert is being recorded for future telecast throughout Ohio.

Telecast on WVIZ/PBS:  Friday, January 26, at 9:00 p.m.  

This weekend’s concerts are sponsored by KeyBank, a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence.