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Imani Winds to Play Oberlin's Finney Chapel February 9

January 24, 2014

Conservatory Communications Staff

The four members of Imani Winds including Oberlin alumni Toyin Spellman-Diaz ’94 holding an oboe and Monica Ellis ’95 holding a bassoon
Imani Winds features Oberlin alumni Toyin Spellman-Diaz ’94 (oboe, second from left) and Monica Ellis ’95 (bassoon, second from right).
Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Imani Winds, one of North America's most successful chamber music groups, will perform with pianist Gilbert Kalish at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 9, at Finney Chapel. The concert is presented as part of the 2013-14 Artist Recital Series.

Celebrated for its commanding virtuosity with traditional quintet repertoire, the Grammy-nominated ensemble also revels in exploring inspired new sounds that call upon traditions from around the globe. The result is innovative and genre-blurring music delivered in high-energy performances full of personality.

Together since 1997, Imani Winds features a pair of Oberlin Conservatory alumni, oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz ’94 and bassoonist Monica Ellis ’95, joined by clarinetist Mariam Adam and musician-composers Valerie Coleman, flute, and Jeff Scott, French horn. Their longtime collaborator, pianist Gilbert Kalish, is a faculty member at Stony Brook University who has played on more than 100 albums from classical to contemporary.

The February 9 program will span a characteristically wide range of classical and contemporary works, including jazz composer Jason Moran’s Cane, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango, as well as a composition by Coleman. (Click the links above to see Imani Winds perform all three pieces.)

Tickets to Imani Winds and Gilbert Kalish are $42 ($35 for Oberlin alumni, staff, and seniors; and $13 for students); all tickets are $3 more at the door. Tickets for Imani Winds and other Artist Recital Series concerts—including prorated season ticket packages—can be purchased online, by calling 800-371-0178, or by visiting Oberlin’s Central Ticket Service at Hall Auditorium weekdays from noon-5 p.m.

Complete information on the Artist Recital Series and other 2013-14 programming at Oberlin can be found using Oberlin's online Arts Guide.

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