Everyone is invited to attend a four-day community experience culminating in two live performances of the Suite without tears in Fayetteville, AR and Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 23-26. All events are free – registration information and event times will be announced in early September. The event is a collaboration with Fayetteville Roots, University of Arkansas Center for Multicultural & Diversity Education, Oxford American, Vernon AME Church and The Woody Guthrie Center.
Events begin in Fayetteville on Thursday, September 23, with an evening community workshop and panel discussion at the Fayetteville Public Library, moderated by staff from the University of Arkansas Multicultural and Diversity Education Center. On Friday September 24, musicians from Suite without tears The ensemble will host a morning music master class at the Fayetteville Public Library for the University of Arkansas and area high school music and jazz students. That evening the Suite without tears will be performed at the Fayetteville Public Library.
On Saturday, September 25, on the 64th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, the event will move to Tulsa for a community potluck at Vernon AME Church in the Greenwood community of Tulsa. Hosted by Reverend Robert Turner, the potluck will take place outdoors on the lawn of Vernon AME followed by a performance by Suite without tears in the historic sanctuary. On Sunday, September 26, a panel discussion and workshop, âTeaching Truth to Powerâ, will be held at the Woody Guthrie Center.
Originally presented in 2017 by Oxford American, the No Tears Suite, written by Little Rock jazz pianist Christopher Parker and singer Kelley Hurt, is a monumental ode to Little Rock Nine and was performed at Central High School National Historic Site in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the integration of Little Rock Central High School. In this retaliation, Parker and Hurt will be joined by five outstanding jazz artists, including GRAMMY-winning jazz drummer Brian Blade, in addition to Bobby LaVell (tenor saxophone), Roland Guerin (bass), Marc Franklin (trumpet). and bugle) and Chad Fowler (baritone and alto saxophone). La Suite honors the sacrifices and continued work of all who strive to build a more just and equal society.
âAt the Multicultural Center and Student Affairs, we are delighted to engage in this collaboration that commemorates Little Rock Nine and celebrates the bravery and dignity of these young leaders who have sought justice in education,â said Leslie Yingling , associate dean of students and vice-assistant. Chancellor for Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives, Student Affairs Division. “This is a dynamic programming and series of events that create wonderful opportunities for our students and our community to honor the rich voice of jazz music in civil rights activism, past and present. . “
“I am humbled that the Suite without tears and residency programs will be showcased in Fayetteville and Tulsa in 2021, especially in collaboration with such important partners, âsaid Ryan Harris of American Oxford. “While we never imagined that five years after the conception, we would still present this project, No tears’ the enduring appeal speaks to a deeper significance in the music’s message, which transcends mere entertainment. The strength of the Suite lies in its ability to synthesize the past with the present. The programs bring communities together in non-threatening ways – in this case, using history and music – to facilitate the sometimes difficult personal reflection and civil rights conversations that can inspire us all to continue working for equality. . “
“The Suite without tears Immediately attracted me because of its power to tell the story of Little Rock Nine through song. It was immediately clear to me that Chris Parker and Kelley Hurt and the team at Oxford American had created an important musical tale of Little Rock Nine and their heroic efforts to desegregate Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The original piece of music is not vital to the community of Little Rock, but will impact Northwest Arkansas and beyond, âsaid Bryan Hembree, co-founder of Fayetteville Roots and director of arts and culture from the U of A Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education.
âI am honored that Vernon AME is hosting this concert in September and to collaborate with so many partners and community organizations. Music is a healing balm and has been an important pillar of our church from our first congregations until today. hui. The tone and timbre of Suite without tears will resonate in our sanctuary and in our community, âsaid Turner of Vernon AME.
“Woody knew the power that comes from building a positive, supportive community. We are proud to join our friends in Arkansas and Greenwood in unifying our communities and honoring the young freedom fighters who have integrated without Awe Central High School, âsaid Deana McCloud, Woody Executive Director of the Guthrie Center.
A full program of the event and ticketing details will be published in early September and can be viewed at fayettevilleroots.org. In addition to collaborative presentation organizations, this series of free events is made possible through in-kind community support from the North Arkansas Jazz Society, Greenwood Cultural Center, and Fayetteville Public Library. Suite without tearsThe continued artistic creation and presentation of s is supported by these generous funders: Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative, National Park Service and Central High School National Historic Site.
About The Oxford American: Founded in 1992, the American Oxford is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to explore the complexity and vitality of the southern United States through exceptional writing, music and visual arts. Visit OxfordAmerican.org for more information.
About Fayetteville Roots: Fayetteville Roots is a 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to connect community through music and food. We produce the Fayetteville Roots Festival, operate the Roots HQ (a historic venue on Fayetteville Square), promote support opportunities for musicians and the music community, and conduct year-round music and food community and educational programming in the northwest Arkansas and beyond.
About the Woody Guthrie Center: The Woody Guthrie Center, opened in 2013, offers cutting-edge exhibitions, an extensive outreach and education program and a series of concerts to pass on its legacy to Tulsans and those who make the pilgrimage to what is a destination for Woody Guthrie fans around the world. The center is more than a museum; rather, it is a center of inquiry for inspiration. By providing examples of Guthrie’s ability to use his creativity as a means of expressing the world around him, we hope to encourage others to find their voice and, through their educational programs, to explore the power that lies in being. creative process. For more information, please visit www.woodyguthriecenter.org.
About AME Church in Vernon The African Methodist Episcopal Church in Vernon was founded in 1905. It is the only black-owned structure on Historic Greenwood Ave from the Black Wall Street era and one of the few remaining buildings of the worst racial massacres of the American history. To this day, the historic Vernon AME Church remains a visual reminder of the massacre and the rebuilding process.
About the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education at the University of Arkansas The Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education at the University of Arkansas is a multicultural, intersectional, student-centered space that affirms difference and explores shared humanity through cultural celebrations, public events intercultural, arts-based community outreach, educational forums and partnerships that promote diversity education and social justice.