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Contemporary Quintet to perform at Berea

Imani Winds, a young woodwind ensemble from New York City, will perform at Berea College on March 10 at 8 pm in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

Imani Winds. Photo courtesy: Jay K. Hoffman.

The performance, entitled “Winds of Change: Urban Classical Music,” is part of the 2004-05 Stephenson Memorial Concert Series, and is free and open to the public.

The five accomplished musicians of Imani Winds joined forces in 1997 to expand the boundaries of the traditional wind quintet and to explore the links between European, African and American music traditions. The name Imani, "faith" in Swahili, embodies this mission.

The group's performance highlights include their New York debut in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as winners of the Artists International Annual Prize, concerts at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Chicago Symphony Musicians Residency Program, Ravinia Festival, Princeton University, Columbia University, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, Chautauqua Institution, St. Louis Premiere Performances, Savannah on Stage International Music Festival, Chamber Music America's Rural Residency Program and the Fischoff Chamber Music Association. Also, the ensemble has toured internationally with distinguished saxophonist, Steve Coleman, and can be heard on his recording “The Ascension to Light.”

The Ensemble has also appeared on MPR’s “Saint Paul Sunday Morning” and NPR’s “Performance Today.”

Imani Winds recently won the CMA/ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming, as well as the CMA/WQXR Award for its CD "Umoja." Also, Imani Winds was chosen to participate in the 2003 Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Young Performers Career Advancement Seminar.

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