Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bucknell U.: “'This Christmas' with Imani Winds opens holiday season at Weis Center” Dec. 4

[Imani Winds]

By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — “The Grammy-nominated ensemble Imani Winds and Friends, including the renowned jazz pianist, song writer and record producer Cyrus Chestnut, will perform 'This Christmas' on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. 'Imani Winds, which first performed at Bucknell in 2005, is an outstanding woodwind ensemble whose members are of African-American and Latin heritage,' said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

“Cyrus Chestnut, an American jazz pianist, songwriter and producer will be joined by a bassist and two percussionists for this special program. 'In the unique style infused into so much of what Imani Winds does, “This Christmas” mixes classical, jazz and world influences into a program of holiday standards,' added Boswell. Founded in 1997, Imani Winds has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, genre-blurring collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs.

“With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions. Tickets for the performance are $20 per person. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available.”

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