March 1st at 7:30 PM the Secrest Artists Series presents its last concert of the 2011-2012 season, Imani Winds, a world-renowned African American wind ensemble identified by its eclectic mix of jazz and Classical music.
Secrest attendees will hear imaginative pieces played by a small ensemble packing a grand sound that has traveled to Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, NPR’s All Things Considered, Performance Today, as well as many international venues with its spirited performances.
The dynamic cast of flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and French horn players magnificently blend European, African, Middle Eastern, and Latino musical traditions into new songs that blur cultural lines. Their playlist for the upcoming concert hails from uniquely commissioned pieces by Panamanian jazz pianist Danilo Pérez all the way to 19th century Jewish composer Paavel Haas.
Secrest favorites in the upcoming concert include pieces from Pérez, Heitor-Villa Lobos, and Imani’s founder and flutist, Valerie Coleman. Perez’s Travesias Panamenas, a 5-song suite of rhythmically entrancing Latin-jazz is sure to entice the ears. Through Heitor-Villa Lobos’s more traditionally Brazilian choro composition, Imani audiences will hear a musical onomatopoeia echoing the sounds of the birds and animals in Brazilian rainforests. Coleman, a well-respected composer widely-known as the creator of one of the “101 Great American Works” by Chamber Music America, contributes a few of her own accents to the program with Tzigane. In addition to touring with Imani Winds, she regularly writes music for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, The Hartford Symphony, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and many other distinguished musical groups.
The Secrest Series ends its 2011-2012 with one of the most widely celebrated wind ensembles today – showing students, faculty, staff and the community the future of classical music.