Imani Winds Shares Musical Virtuosity, Inspires Youth

Thursday, Nov. 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Weld Hall

If you’ve never heard a woodwind quintet, you should start by hearing one of the best in the country. GRAMMY-nominated Imani Winds performs Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall on the MSUM campus. The event is the second in this year’s Chery Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series. 

imani-windsThe music performed by Imani Winds is as diverse as the tonalities of its instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn). As one of the most successful chamber ensembles in the country, Imani Winds bridges European, American, African and Latin American traditions. The group performs at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, and Kimmel Center, and with major performing arts series across the country. In recent seasons, the group has toured in China, Singapore, Brazil, and throughout Europe. In 2015 they also debuted at the Paris Jazz Festival and were featured at the Huntington Estate Festival in Australia.

Imani Winds has appeared many times on NPR’s All Things Considered, APM’s Saint Paul Sunday and Performance Today, and BBC/PRI’s The World. They have frequently been covered in major music magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. The group maintains an ongoing relationship with Sirius-XM and has been featured multiple times and on various channels.

While in Fargo-Moorhead, the group will also lead a masterclass for high school and college woodwind chamber groups. The masterclass takes place the same day (Nov. 3) from noon to 2 p.m. in Weld Hall. The masterclass is free and open to the public.

To purchase tickets to the Thursday evening performance, go to or call the MSUM Box Office at (218) 477-2271 Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults, $24 for seniors and $12 for students with student ID. MSUM students pay just $6. Tickets are also available at the door if still available.