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 U.S. 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 composers as part of the ensemble 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.

The group continues its Legacy Commissioning Project, in which the ensemble is commissioning, premiering and touring new works for woodwind quintet written by established and emerging composers of diverse musical backgrounds, including Jason Moran, Stefon Harris, Danilo Perez, Simon Shaheen and Mohammed Fairouz. The Lied Center of Kansas is participating in the Project by serving as the lead commissioner for a new work by Indian-American female composer Reena Esmail. The world premiere of this new work will be at the Lied Center.

Imani will also be the featured artist for our kindergarten through second grade school only-performances.

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“[The] ensemble is strikingly virtuosic, immaculately tight, stylistically agile, and they know how to engage the audience with sincere, succinct and thoughtful comments about the music they perform.” The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Program

Dance Mediterranea
Simon Shaheen (b. 1955)
arr. Jeff Scott

Prelude, Theme and Variations
from Quintet for Winds, Opus 43
Carl Nielsen (1865–1931)

The Planets
Gustav Holst (1874–1934)
arr. Jonathan Russell

20-minute Intermission

The Light is the Same
World premiere commissioned by Lied Center of Kansas
Reena Esmail (b. 1983)

Wind Quintet No. 2
i. Back in Time
ii. In Heaven
iii. Under the Earth
iv. Far Away
Miguel del Aguila (b. 1957)