www.tri-c.edu/ohhappyday to view the video.
The collaboration grew out of a shared desire by the College and
the Orchestra to perform and use music as a connective force at
a time when the community seems fractured in so many ways.
“We’ve all felt the strain of separation and unrest from
situations unfolding in our world,” said Emanuela
director of Tri-C's Creative
Arts Academy. “The arts, though, have the power to bring
people together. It’s about spreading positivity.”
Renowned music educator William Henry Caldwell helped
bring the two choral groups together. He serves as artistic
director of Tri-C’s Vocal Arts Mastery program and resident
conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra’s MLK Celebration Chorus.
The College’s Vocal Arts Mastery program
provides free vocal and choral
training to Cleveland youth in grades 3 to 12. The program is
run in partnership with Cleveland Public Library, with support
from the Cleveland Foundation.
The MLK Celebration Chorus is a volunteer group comprised of
singers from throughout Northeast Ohio. The group performs at
The Cleveland Orchestra’s annual MLK Celebration Concert, held
“While we are currently unable to gather for music at Severance
Hall or Blossom Music Center, The Cleveland Orchestra is pleased
to showcase music by and for the Cleveland community through
this intergenerational collaboration with Tri-C,” said Joan
Katz Napoli, senior director of education and community
programs. “This powerful and moving rendition of ‘Oh Happy Day’
is the perfect way to spread a message of joy and hope.”
Singers from both groups individually recorded themselves
singing “Oh Happy Day,” an 18th-century hymn that charted in
1969 after being rearranged and performed by the Edwin Hawkins
Singers. The choral groups performed a cover version of the 1969
Video editors and audio engineers took the recordings and
created a more than four-minute video that shows the singers and
showcases their voices.
“Today we celebrate love, resilience, community and the power of
music,” Caldwell says at the start of the video. “Oh, happy