The music isn’t religious, but there’s a liturgical feeling to the Cleveland Orchestra’s 30th annual Martin Luther King Day concert program. Choral works that resonate with patriotism and black pride alternate with orchestral music that inspires and expresses American optimism — even as Europeans Franz Joseph Haydn, Nikolai Rimsky- Korsakov and Ludwig van Beethoven all have their say. Opening with the National Anthem and Roland Carter’s “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” known as the “Black National Anthem,” the concert features cellist Tony Rymer (a winner of the 2009 Sphinx competition for black and Latino musicians) performing the “Allegro” movement from Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus (125 volunteer singers from the area) and the Central State University Chorus will end the evening with spirituals, including Glen Jones’ “Heaven Bound Soldier” and Alvin Parris’ “I’m So Glad I’m Free.” It starts at 7 p.m. at Severance Hall (11001 Euclid Ave., 216.231.1111). Admission is free, but tickets are required. — Michael Gill
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