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USC School of Music hosts leading wind quintet Imani Winds

Southern Exposure concert concludes Imani Winds Fall 2016 USC residency on Oct. 28

Imani Winds, America’s leading wind quintet and one of the world’s most acclaimed chamber ensembles, is in Columbia for a four-day residency, October 25–28 at the University of South Carolina’s School of Music.

The residency’s culminating event is a free concert on the Southern Exposure New Music Series, Friday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the USC School of Music Recital Hall (813 Assembly St).

Featured around the globe in venues as wide-ranging as London’s Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Paris Jazz Festival, the Grammy-nominated quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn) is known for its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, and adventurous collaborations with musical luminaries including Yo-Yo Ma, Wayne Shorter and Paquito D’Rivera. 

Selected as the first-ever Educational Residency Ensemble at the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Imani is also famed for its work with thousands of students each year; their residency will include intensive work with USC chamber music ensembles, instrumental studios and student composers – all open to the public – as well as an educational outreach concert at Eau Claire High School.

Imani’s Southern Exposure concert features the world premiere of a double wind quintet, Dapplegray, written for Imani and the USC wind faculty by new professor of composition David Garner. Other works include pieces by Imani members Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott, Anders Hillborg’s hyper-virtuosic Six Pieces for Wind Quintet, and a stunning quintet arrangement of portions of Stravinsky’s landmark Rite of Spring

The concert’s featured gallery artist is Columbia-based mixed media artist Catherine Baker.

Imani’s Fall 2016 residency at the University of South Carolina is supported by a Visiting Scholar’s Grant from the USC Office of the Provost.

See the full residency schedule of events.