The Kennedy Center


Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Imani Winds

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:30 PM

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

The Grammy®-nominated quintet Imani Winds returns with a diverse program highlighting works from six contemporary composers including a new commission from Pulitzer Prize recipient Henry Threadgill.

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Brandon Patrick George, flute
Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe
Mark Dover, clarinet
Jeff Scott, French horn
Monica Ellis, bassoon

JEFF SCOTT: Startin Sumthin
JOHN HARBISON: Quintet for Winds
LALO SCHIFRIN: La Nouvelle Orleans
HENRY THREADGILL: 2.6 Pentadactyl, co-commission with University of Chicago’s Center for Race and Culture
REENA ESMAIL: The Light Is the Same

No other quintet has forged such a unique, dynamic path through the chamber music landscape as the Grammy®-nominated Imani Winds. Their clear commitment to promoting diversity in the arts, while still embracing the tradition of the wind quintet repertoire, yields a powerful marriage of the past and the present.

A Note from Joseph "Yossi" Kalichstein, Artistic Director of Fortas
It’s so nice to have a varied, fun, and meaningful program written by six contemporary composers—one of whom is actually performing! At the center of this evening is a newly commissioned work from Pulitzer Prize recipient Henry Threadgill reflecting on the history of civil rights, fittingly timed to observe the 50th anniversary year of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.