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Listen: Grammy-Nominated Wind Quintet Imani Winds, Recorded Live from the WRTI Performance Studio

Pierre Lidar
Imani Winds

Acclaimed as "strikingly virtuosic" (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and "what triumph looks like" (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Imani Winds has forged its own path through the international classical music world. The quintet visited WRTI on February 14th to perform highlights of their upcoming Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert. WRTI's Susan Lewis, host.

Jeff Scott: Startin' Sumthin
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, movement 3 (arr. Jonathan Russell)
John Harbison: Quintet for Winds, "finale"
Traditional: "Go Tell It on the Mountain" (arr. Valerie Coleman)

Watch the performance video on the WRTI Facebook page

Since 1997, the Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds, has carved out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic performance, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. IMANI WINDS: Brandon Patrick George, flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Mark Dover, clarinet; Jeff Scott, french horn/composer; Monica Ellis, bassoon.

With ensemble member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while bridging American, European, African and Latin American traditions.

In the performance studio

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents Imani Winds at the American Philosophical Society, on Friday, February 15th at 7:30 PM. "OLD MADE NEW" -  works by Scott, Harbison, Schifrin, Primosch, Ligeti, and Coleman

Imani Winds tours all over the world. Its Legacy Commissioning Project commissions and premieres new works for wind quintet written by composers of diverse musical backgrounds. Recent commissions include works by Shimon Shaheen, Jason Moran and Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Threadgill. 

Imani Winds annual Chamber Music Festival in New York City, started in 2010, brings together young instrumentalists and composers from across America, with guest artists such as Tania Leon, Paula Robeson and Paquito D'Rivera.

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.