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Imani Winds Residency

Imani Winds, the nation’s leading woodwind quintet and one of the world’s most acclaimed chamber ensembles, will be at the USC School of Music October 25–28, 2016, and Feb. 22-23, 2017. Many of Imani’s residency activities are free and open to the public.

Extolled by the Washington Post as "exuding a sultry sophistication during performances," 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.

Imani Winds is comprised of Valerie Coleman, flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Mark Dover, clarinet; Jeff Scott, French horn; and Monica Ellis, bassoon.

Imani Winds Spring 2017 Residency

Wednesday, Feb. 22
1:00–2:00 p.m.
Seminar Presentation: "Breaking the Mold"
School of Music Recital Hall – Free

7:30-9:30 p.m.
Recording Session
Works by USC student composers (closed to the public)

Thursday, Feb. 23
12:00–2:00 p.m.
Chamber Music Master Class
String Project Building, room 206 (851 Park St.) – Free

7:30 p.m.
Imani Winds Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Program: Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Valerie Coleman, Jeff Scott and Astor Piazzolla. Also, selected works by USC composition students. Imani Winds is joined by USC wind faculty Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute; Rebecca Nagel, oboe; Joseph Eller, clarinet; JD Shaw, horn; and Michael Harley, bassoon.

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