WANT TO GO?
Presented by the Charleston Chamber Music Society
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St.
TICKETS: Adults $17, students $5
INFO: 304-344-5389 or www.facebook.com/CCMSWVCHARLESTON, W.Va. --Chamber music gets a bad rap, but even reluctant concert goers who attend concerts by the Imani Winds quintet are pleasantly surprised and energized by the ensemble's genre-busting mix of repertoire.
When the nationally prominent quintet performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at Christ Church United Methodist, it will treat audiences to works from contemporary composers influenced by Big Band, jazz, gypsy and Jewish folk music mixed with classical pieces by Gyorgy Ligeti and Igor Stravinsky. The concert is part of the Charleston Chamber Music Society series.
"People expect classical music to be boring, not lively or interesting," said oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz. "So often in our audience there are wives who have heard of us and drag their husband. After every concert, we have those husbands come up to us and tell us that it was not what they expected and how much they enjoyed it."
The five members of Imani Winds formed the group in 1997 when they were still classical music students who wanted to play music that appealed to people of all ages and interests. Imani Winds was the brainchild of flutist and composer Valerie Coleman, who was confident that the group was headed for fame.
"The rest of us thought we'd get together, play, then have cookies," Spellman-Diaz said. "Now we're all very ambitious for the group."