The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert with The Cleveland Orchestra

January 18, 2021

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert with The Cleveland Orchestra airs Monday, January 18 at 4:30 and 9 p.m. on NJTV. Livestream at njtvonline.org/live

Hosted by actor James Pickens, Jr., THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION CONCERT WITH THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA honors the life and legacy of the civil rights icon. Conducted by music director Franz Welser-Möst, the Cleveland Orchestra performs classical selections by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Verdi as well as traditional hymns and spirituals, including “Down by the Riverside,” “Precious Lord,” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

James Pickens, Jr. is a Cleveland native who is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Richard Webber on Grey’s Anatomy. The concert also featured guest soloist Ryan Speedo Green, called “a show stopper” by The New York Times, and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Chorus — an all-Cleveland community volunteer chorus — directed by William Henry Caldwell.

James Pickens Jr., narrator, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Photo by Roger Mastroianni