Luther College hosts Imani Winds Feb. 6

Performing music inspired by the works of Langston Hughes, Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds will appear in the Luther College Center Stage Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Tickets, on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and may be purchased online at or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Imani Winds features five performers—Valerie Coleman, flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Mark Dover, clarinet; Jeff Scott, French horn; and Monica Ellis, bassoon—who have established themselves as North America's premier wind quintet.

Their performance, titled "Portraits of Langston," consists of four compositions. The titular piece, composed by Coleman, has six shorts suites representing the poetic memories of Hughes. As an artist central to the Harlem Renaissance, these suites combine elements of life in Harlem and life in Europe.

Two compositions by Scott will be featured in the performance. "Elegy for Innocence," a work for bassoon and piano, combines opening themes of hope with a bassoon solo that invokes melancholy and loss. "Of Good and Evil" presents a constant struggle between light and dark and features a vocal performance by Spellman-Diaz.

Imani Winds will also perform the classic "Scheherazade" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arranged for them by Jonathan Russell. Based on the "Arabian Nights" character who charmed a king with her stories for 1,000 nights, "Scheherazade" features a traditional Russian musical style.

Established in 1997, Imani Winds has a performance career spanning across numerous concerts, collaborations and countries. Their distinct style has taken them from major domestic venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center to tours in China, Brazil and across Europe.

The quintet maintains a fresh repertoire through its Legacy Commissioning Project, a project used to commission new works from composers of diverse musical backgrounds. This project has led to a mixture of American, European, African and Latin American influences in their performances.

Throughout their prolific performing career, Imani Winds has remained committed to education. They have performed in virtually every major university performing arts series with their visits often featuring master classes taught on-campus as well.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: