2010-11 Wittenberg Series Continues With Performance By Famed Chamber Music Quintet Imani Winds
Published Mar. 8, 2011
Springfield, Ohio — Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds brings its unique brand of chamber music to Wittenberg University for a Wittenberg Series-sponsored performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in Weaver Chapel.
Bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions, Imani Winds is committed to expanding its repertoire and engaging new music in the modern classical music world. The quintet has presented premieres by such composers as Paquito D’Rivera, Wayne Shorter, Richard Wernick, Fred Ho, Kenji Bunch and Bruce Adolphe. Imani members Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott both regularly contribute compositions and arrangements to the ensemble’s diverse repertoire.
Imani Winds has played to audiences in many of the country’s major concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall and Kimmel Center. The group is frequently engaged by premier chamber music series’ in Boston, San Francisco, Portland, Philadelphia and New York. The quintet also regularly collaborates with a range of renowned musical artists, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Wayne Shorter and the Brubeck brothers.
Imani Winds has released five recordings, including their 2006 Grammy Award-nominated recording, The Classical Underground. Their latest recording, Terra Incognita, was released in August 2010.
Deeply committed to musical education, the group participates in residencies throughout the United States, giving master classes to thousands of students each year. In 2010, the ensemble launched its annual Chamber Music Institute at the Juilliard School of Music. The program will bring together more than 40 young instrumentalists for an intense week of music exploration.
Imani Winds is presented with support from Gil Belles, Wittenberg University class of 1962.
The Wittenberg Series annually brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Jeannine Fox at (937) 327-7470 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Gabrielle Antoniadis