Grammy-nominated Imani Winds has led both a revolution and the evolution of the wind quintet through its dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations, and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The ensemble is deeply committed to expanding the wind quintet repertoire by commissioning music from new voices that reflects historical events and the times in which we currently live. In this special performance, Imani Winds will join talents with the acclaimed Jupiter String Quartet, University of Illinois quartet-in-residence.
The first half of the program includes Valerie Coleman’s fresh arrangement of Mongo Santamaria’s jazz standard Afro Blue for Imani Winds and To Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores, a new work by Michi Wiancko, commissioned by Bay Chamber Concerts and Krannert Center for the Jupiter String Quartet. Sergeant McCauley, a Music Accord/Sphinx Organization commission by Jessie Montgomery, inspired by the Great Migration of African Americans during the early- to middle-20th century, unfolds from the perspective of Montgomery’s great-grandfather William McCauley. The piece brings together spirituals and work songs that reflect McCauley’s route from Mississippi through the West, north to the Dakotas, and eventually south to Georgia. Roberto Sierra’s Concierto de Cámara concludes the program.
Santamaria (arr. Coleman): Afro Blue (Imani Winds)
Wiancko: To Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores (Jupiter String Quartet)
Montgomery: Sergeant McCauley (both ensembles)
Sierra: Concierto de Cámara (both ensembles)
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