Willamette University features Imani Winds

The Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series presents Imani Winds April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Willamette University’s Rogers Music Center.

The quintet will also give a free master class with Willamette wind students April 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Hudson Hall.  

“Together for 13 years, Imani has found a formula that engages audiences while advancing the literature for wind quintet. And their playing was superb,” writes David Stabler for The Oregonian, “Each performer brought distinct personality to his or her instrument.”

The quintet’s latest release, Terra Incognita, was also featured as one of 2010’s five best American contemporary classical albums on NPR’s ‘Deceptive Cadence’ classical music blog. “The stylistic definitions of a ‘jazz’ or ‘classical’ composer are pointless here—it's just good music,” writes Daniel Gilliam. “Imani Winds’ members have earned a reputation for expanding the recorded wind-quintet repertoire, but in a way that's culturally significant.”

Tickets can be purchased at Travel Salem, via telephone at (503) 581-4325 or at Travel Salem is at 181 High St. NE, in Salem. For more information, call the Willamette Music Department at (503) 370-6255 or visit

The Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series brings world-renowned musicians to Salem several times each year. Sponsored by Willamette University and directed by music professor Anita King, the program is supported through an endowment established by The Collins Foundation in the 1990s to honor the late Grace Goudy, an original trustee of the foundation.