FRIDAY, MAR. 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK
A free-to-the-public panel discussion presented in collaboration with the National Park Service and Clinton School of Public Service will be held at Central High School National Historic Site. Featuring Rufus Reid, Kelley Hurt, and Bobby LaVell, the panel will be moderated by composer Chris Parker. The goal is to facilitate discussion on the ongoing work of social equity in the United States from the perspectives of people living in different communities and what role music and the arts play in affecting change in our society today.
SUNDAY, MAR. 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK
A reprise performance of the No Tears Suite, written by jazz pianist Chris Parker and vocalist Kelley Hurt, with expanded symphonic arrangements written by and featuring Rufus Reid (bass); Brian Blade (drums); Bobby LaVell (tenor saxophone); Marc Franklin (trumpet); Chad Fowler (baritone and alto saxophone); and an Arkansas Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble—conducted by ASO's Geoffrey Robson.
The No Tears Suite was written in honor of unity on the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School Crisis.