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Imani Winds

“[The] ensemble is strikingly virtuosic . . . “ – The Boston Musical Intelligencer

The Grammy-nominated Imani Winds have led the way in the evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing and adventurous programming. The ensemble will perform Black and Brown, an entire program celebrating composers of color such as Valerie Coleman, Paquito D’Rivera, and Wayne Shorter.

Celebrating over a quarter century of music making, the Imani Winds has led both a revolution and evolution of the wind quintet. The ensemble’s playlist embraces traditional chamber music repertoire, and newly commissioned works from voices that reflect historical events and the times in which we currently live. Imani Winds’ travels through the jazz world are highlighted by their multi-faceted association with luminary musicians and composers Wayne Shorter, Paquito D’Rivera and Jason Moran. To date, one of Imani Winds’ most humbling recognitions is a permanent presence in the classical music section of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.

PRE-CONCERT TALK: Join us in the hall at 6:30 PM for a pre concert talk by musician, educator and FCM Board Member Dan Knopf.  Dan will explore the history and foundations of woodwind instruments and the woodwind quintet, and talk about the musical motives (melodies), motors (rhythms), and meanings within the Imani Winds’ program. Dan will also highlight a few of his favorite programs of FCM’s 2023-24 season. Dan has degrees in bassoon performance from Juilliard and Yale.

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Note: This concert will be live-streamed; tickets are available through the “Buy Tickets” link.

Event Details

May 10, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
$40 general admission; $15 for guests 30 and younger: $5 for students (with ID)

Venue Information

Gates Hall, Newman Center
2344 E. Iliff Ave.
Denver, CO 80208 United States


  • Jeff Scott: Titilayo
  • Reena Esmail: The Light is the Same
  • Paquito D'Rivera: Aires Tropicales
  • Valerie Coleman: Rubispheres No. 1 for flute, clarinet and bassoon
  • Wayne Shorter: Terra Incognita
  • Júlio Medaglia: Belle Epoque en Sud-America
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