Green Guest Artists: Imani Winds
with the Harlem String Quartet
“Passion for Bach and Coltrane”
Saturday, April 7, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.
Green Center, 605. S. College •

The Grammy-nominated Imani Winds, DePauw School of Music’s 2017/18 ensemble-in-residence, has carved out a distinct presence in the music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations and inspirational outreach programs. For the final Green concert of the season, Imani Winds will be joined by the Harlem Quartet, whose album Hot House, recorded with jazz master Chick Corea and percussionist Gary Burton, was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award-winner.

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Chow Downtown
Prior to the Green Concert, join the Chow Downtown movement and longtime community partner ALMOST HOME at the restaurant's collaborative dinner on offer April 7 from 4:30–7 p.m. The pre-concert menu will include their famous Saturday night Prime Rib Special or Cedar Plank Fresh Salmon Dinner, served with choice of potato, chef’s vegetables, rolls and pecan butter. Bar features will also be available, as will a full menu of beers and wines. And, don’t forget to save room for one of the delicious house-made desserts! For dinner reservations at Almost Home, call 765-653-5788.

More About the Artists
Since 1997, IMANI WINDS has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. 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.

Beginning in the fall of 2017, Imani Winds has been appointed as the DePauw University Ensemble-in-Residence. This multi-faceted residency includes in depth collaborations with the School’s wind ensembles, instrumental, chamber music and composition students and the Greencastle community. 

Their excellence and influences have been recognized with numerous awards including the 2007 ASCAP Award, 2002 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, as well as the CMA/WQXR Award for their debut and self-released recording Umoja. At the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Imani Winds was selected as the first-ever Educational Residency Ensemble, in recognition of their tremendous musical abilities and innovative programming. 

The ensemble has five releases on E1 Music, including its 2006 Grammy Award-nominated recording The Classical Underground. It has also recorded for Naxos and Blue Note and released The Rite of Spring on Warner Classics, which was on iTunes Best of 2013 list. Imani Winds eighth commercial recording was released in the fall of 2016.

HARLEM QUARTET advances diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. Their mission to share their passion with a wider audience has taken them around the world; from a 2009 performance at The White House for President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama, to a highly successful tour of South Africa in 2012, and numerous venues in between.

The musically versatile ensemble has performed with such distinguished performers as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Carter Brey, Fred Sherry, Misha Dicter, Jeremy Denk, and Paquito D’Rivera. Their most recent recording, Hot House, with jazz master Chick Corea and percussionist Gary Burton was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winner.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Banner image by ArtPower!; inset photo by Matthew Murphy
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