Denison Vail Series concert: Imani Winds and Stefon Harris
Date of Event: January 29, 2010
Posted: January 18, 2010
The 30th-anniversaryseason of the Denison University Vail Series continues with a performance by wind quintet Imani Winds and jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). This special event concert is part of Denison’s 2010 Celebration of the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A limited number of tickets may be offered for sale to the general public at $15 if space allows. Details will be posted at vailseries.org, or call 740-587-6557.
While they are on campus, the artists will hold master classes for Denison students, and the public is welcome to attend and observe. Imani Winds will work with Denison’s woodwind students at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, in Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). Harris’ master class with Denison percussion students is at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, in Burke Recital Hall.
Known as one of the most exciting and inventive ensembles in the chamber music world, Imani Winds’ joyous energy and elegant virtuosity has won over audiences worldwide. The group is in the midst of its Legacy Commissioning Project, an ambitious five-year endeavor to commission, premier and tour 10 new works for woodwind quintet that are influenced by jazz, Middle Eastern, Latin and classical music. The ASCAP Award-winning ensemble features Valerie Coleman (flute), Toyin Spellman-Diaz (oboe), Mariam Adam (clarinet), Jeff Scott (French horn) and Monica Ellis (bassoon). More information about their music is available at www.imaniwinds.com.
Stefon Harris’ passionate artistry, energetic stage presence and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him to the forefront of the current jazz scene. Widely lauded by his peers and jazz critics alike, Harris is committed to exploring the rich potential of jazz composition and blazing new trails on the vibraphone. A three-time Grammy Award nominee, Harris is a recipient of the Lincoln Center Martin E. Segal Award and has performed at many of the world’s most distinguished concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House. More information about his music is available at www.stefonharris.com.
Each year Denison University honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with events that revolve around a central theme. This year’s theme, “Constructing Community: What Piece is Next?,” explores the concept of community and how it is created. The weeklong schedule of events is available at www.denison.edu/mlk2010.
Endowed by a generous gift from the late Mary and Foster McGaw in honor of Jeanne Vail, class of 1946, the Vail Series brings to Denison the world’s premier performers, as well as new musical talents, enriching the artistic experience of the entire Denison community.
CALENDAR LISTING, Denison University,Denison University Vail Series concert with wind quartet Imani Winds and vibraphonist Stefon Harris in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). Tickets for the performance tickets may be offered for sale to the general public at $15 if space allows. Details will be posted at vailseries.org. For more information, contact 740-587-6557.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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