Published: Oct. 24, 2019

Grammy-nominated Imani Winds visits Wharton Center

Contact(s): Bob Hoffman Wharton Center office: (517) 884-3115

Imani Winds is a Grammy-nominated wind quintet that for the past two decades has created meaningful connections through music and, by doing so, has set a new standard for chamber music.

They are returning to Wharton Center at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8.

The group blends traditional chamber music and newly commissioned work that reflects historical events and today’s issues.  

Imani Winds has received one of the highest accolades: a permanent presence in the classical music section of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. 

This wind quartet tours internationally, performing in concert venues while remaining committed to music education along the way. Their Wharton Center performance includes the following pieces:

  • "Startin Sumthin" – Jeff Scott
  • "Quintet for Winds" - John Harbison
  • "La Nouvelle Orleans" - Lalo Shifrin
  • "Sechs Bagatellen" - György Ligeti
  • "The Light is the Same" - Reena Esmail
  • "Tzigane" - Valerie Coleman

Imani Winds will be doing a residency with the MSU College of Music. For one week, the musicians will engage in master classes and workshops with MSU students. As part of the MSUFCU Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence program, music majors have the opportunity to learn from and network with successful artists. 

Many of the Imani Winds master classes and workshops are free and open to the public. For more information about the residency, visit

The quintet will also be visiting local students at Chippewa Middle School and Okemos High School.

Tickets begin at $33; group and student discounts are available. To purchase, visit Wharton Center tickets at, the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.