Presenting music celebrating dance and its variations, the concert includes a wide variety of music, including selections by Latin American composers and Imani members, as well as traditional dance music.
The programs with a piece by Imani flutist Valerie Coleman: Tzigane, a high-charged, passionate journey through Eastern Europe by way of the Romani. This is paired with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's classic Scheherazade, arranged by Jonathan Russell. "Russell has managed to capture an astonishing palette of Rimsky-Korsakov’s colors that the quintet," writes the Washington Poast, "with exceptional attention to balance, re-created beautifully."
The quintet then moves the focus to Latin American composers, with Ástor Piazzolla's Contrabjissimo, arranged by Imani hornist Jeff Scott; Paquito D’Rivera's A Farewell Mambo; and Quintet en forme de Choros by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. The concert concludes with a return to Eastern Europe with two klezmer dances arranged by Gene Kavadlo.
The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $26, students $13, and are available online, by phone at 203 432-4158, or from the box office at 470 College Street.
About Imani Winds
More than North America’s premier wind quintet, Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.
"Strinkingly virtuosic, immaculately tight, stylistically agile."
— Boston Musical Intelligencer
The wide range of programs offered by Imani Winds demonstrates their mission to expand the repertoire and diversify new music sources. From Mendelssohn, Jean Françaix, György Ligeti, and Luciano Berio, to Astor Piazzolla, Elliott Carter and John Harbison; and to the unexpected ranks of Paquito D’Rivera and Simone Shaheen, Imani Winds actively seek to engage new music and new voices into the modern classical idiom. Imani members Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott both regularly contribute compositions and arrangements to the ensemble’s expanding repertoire, bringing new sounds and textures to the traditional instrumentation.
Imani Winds have five releases on E1 Music, including their 2006 Grammy Award nominated recording entitled The Classical Underground. They have also recorded for Naxos and Blue Note and the most recent release "The Rite of Spring" on Warner Classics was on iTunes Best of 2013 list.
Post updated Nov. 23, 2015