Fayetteville World-renowned wind quintet Imani Winds will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St.
Since forming in 1997, the Grammy nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with their dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, genre-blurring collaborations and inspirational outreach programs.
The name Imani means “faith” in Swahili, and subtly mirrors the African-American and Latin American backgrounds of the group’s five players: flutist and founder Valerie Coleman, oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz, clarinetist Mariam Adam, hornist Jeff Scott and bassoonist Monica Ellis.
They’ll perform and discuss musical expressions of faith, heritage and social injustice, from Negro spirituals to a piece written by their own Valerie Coleman.
“I wasn’t thinking of just any wind quintet, but of a group of virtuoso musicians of color who would join together to change the conventional view that classical music is somehow ‘exclusive’ and too stuffy to be accessible,” Coleman says.
This concert is presented by the Skaneateles Festival, which runs Aug. 8 through Sept. 1.