An Evening of Art & Music | National Civil Rights Museum

Without Regard to Sex, Race or Class: An Evening of Art & Music

An Evening of Art and Music


Musicians PerformingFree & Open to the Public

6:00 Pre-Concert Reception • 6:30 Doors open 

Meet & Greet and book-signing following the concert

Join the National Civil Rights Museum for the world premiere of the symphonic suite in Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color: An Evening of Art and Music, a concert highlighting the museum's current exhibition by photographer Andrew Feiler.  The program is produced in collaboration with IRIS orchestra. 

The program emphasizes the musical legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and will include the world premiere of the exhibit-inspired symphonic suite, Without Regard to Sex Race or Color – Part 1 A Heavy Lift by African-American composer, Doug Hooker.  In addition to the suite, the program will feature music by twentieth century African-American composers and vocalists from HBCUs.  The conductor for the evening will be African-American maestro Harvey Felder, Director of Orchestral Activities, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis.

Musicians Performing

Program will be live streamed.  


Event Features:

World Premiere Symphonic Suite: Without Regard to Race, Sex, or Color: Part 1 – A Heavy Lift by Doug Hooker

Additionally Featured Composers:

  • Florence Price
    • First African-American woman composer to have work performed by a major orchestra
  • William Grant Still
    • First African American to have a symphony performed by a professional orchestra
    • First African American to conduct a major orchestra in the United States
  • George Walker
    • First African-American composer to earn a Pulitzer Prize

Program participants:

  • Andrew Feiler, exhibition photographer
  • Doug Hooker, composer
  • Harvey Felder, conductor
  • Gwendolyn Brown, vocalist (Fisk University)
  • Valetta Brinson, vocalist (Morris Brown College)
  • Patrick Dailey, vocalist (Morgan State University)
  • Anthony McGlaun, vocalist (Morehouse College)
  • Edwin Jhamal Davis, vocalist (Jackson State University)


  • IRIS Orchestra
  • IRIS Orchestra Artist Fellows
  • Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis


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