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April 7, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Imani Winds, a virtuoso woodwind quintet whose members are all of African-American and Latin heritage, will perform Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. at Bucknell's Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Imani Winds — the word "imani" means "faith" in Swahili — includes Valerie Coleman on flute, Mariam Adam on clarinet, Toyin Spellman on oboe, Monica Ellis on bassoon and Jeff Scott on horn.

The five joined forces in 1996 to push the boundaries of a traditional woodwind quintet — they say "faith" is the embodiment of the ensemble's mission — bridging the European and African musical traditions, exploring repertory from diverse cultures, and taking audiences on enthralling journeys through divergent ethnic and musical identities.

Imani Winds debuted in New York City and have performed at the Kennedy Center and Ravinia Festival. "I was blown away when I first heard them in New York," said William Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"They are, individually and together, fantastic instrumentalists and musicians. This group is an exciting and delightful way to end the Weis Center Series for the season.

"The ensemble will perform music based on African and Afro-Cuban models, a tango by Piazzolla, and great quintet music by composers from Spain, France and Germany," he said.

The program includes music by Manuel De Falla, Lalo Schifrin, Eugene Bozza, and Paul Hindemith, as well as music and transcriptions by Jeff Scott and V Coleman.

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at

In addition to the Friday night performance, members of the group also will take part in a "meet the artist" lecture and demonstration Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building next door to the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. This meet-the-artist event is free to the public, tickets are not required, and there is no reserved seating.

The 2004-05 season of Weis Center events was made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.


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