Oxford American Events

Chris Parker & Kelley Hurt with Arkansas Symphony Orchestra [Jazz Series]

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SATURDAY, MAR. 2 & SUNDAY, MAR. 3, 2019 | MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER & CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 

This special world premiere concert is a co-presentation between Oxford American and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The concerts are made possible in part by Jazz Series presenting sponsor, Stella Boyle Smith Trust.

This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.


In September 2017, the Oxford American presented a 60-minute new jazz composition entitled No Tears Suite written by Little Rock jazz pianist Chris Parker and vocalist Kelley Hurt. The duo created the work in honor of unity on the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School desegregation crisis.

As a reprise to the original performance for seven-piece jazz ensemble, on March 2 (Mosaic Templars Cultural Center) and March 3, 2019 (Central High School), Parker and Hurt will once again be joined by five exceptional jazz artists, in addition to members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra who’ll premiere new expanded symphonic arrangements of No Tears Suite written by Grammy-nominated arranger/composer/bassist Rufus Reid.

The jazz ensemble will once again feature GRAMMY-winning drummer, Brian Blade, in addition to Rufus Reid (bass), Bobby LaVell (tenor saxophone), Marc Franklin (trumpet), and Chad Fowler (baritone and alto saxophone).

We invite the community to join us for these special events to continue the work we all must do to create a more cohesive society.

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