Cleveland Orchestra to hold lottery drawing for free tickets to special MLK Jr. Celebration Concert

December 6, 2017

Cleveland Orchestra to hold lottery drawing for free tickets to special MLK Jr. Celebration Concert

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Orchestra will hold a lottery drawing for free tickets to its 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert.

In response to high demand and in an effort to provide equal access to the popular event, the orchestra will draw names at random from a pool of ticket requests on Thursday, Jan. 4, 10 days before the concert on Sunday, Jan. 14.

Entries will be received Tuesday, Dec. 12, through Wednesday, Jan. 3. Winners will be mailed tickets Jan. 4. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

Requests for tickets may be submitted online, by phone or by mail. Below are the instructions for each method.

Online: A digital lottery form will be available at clevelandorchestra.com.

By phone: Call 216-231-1111 during regular business hours.

By mail: Letters or postcards may be addressed to the 2018 MLK Ticket Lottery/Ticket Office, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106. Be sure to indicate name, address, email address, phone number and number of tickets requested (maximum of four).

Every Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert is notable, but this year’s event will stand out in several ways.

First off, it will be conducted by music director Franz Welser-Most. In celebration of the orchestra’s centennial and in recognition of King as an exemplar of the virtues hailed by the orchestra’s ongoing “Prometheus Project,” Welser-Most will lead a program of traditional hymns and spirituals as well as related works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Verdi.

In this, he and the orchestra will be joined by narrator James Pickens Jr., bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, conductor William Henry Caldwell, and the Martin Lutheran King Jr. Celebration Chorus, a group composed of singers from local church choirs.

Public radio and television also will play an expanded role. In addition to its annual live radio broadcast on WCPN FM/90. 3 and WCLV FM/104.9, WVIZ Channel 25 will also broadcast the concert on television, at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. The program also will be offered to other stations, for possible broadcast around Ohio.

A note about parking. Parking in the underground garage adjacent to Severance Hall will be available for free on Jan. 14, on a first-come, first-served basis. The performance begins at 7 p.m. On Monday, Jan. 15, during the orchestra’s annual Community Open House, the parking rate will be $7.