Poetry in Concert: Contemporary Chamber Music with Imani Winds

21 Sep 2022


Announced by the University of Pittsburgh:

The dynamic and twice Grammy nominated Imani Winds have led a revolution and evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, dedication to new works from composers of color, imaginative collaborations, and programming concerts that speak to contemporary social justice issues.

Imani Winds joins us to close LitFest 2022 by performing an all new lineup of works inspired by and interweaving dynamic pieces of poetry.


“The Light is the Same,” by Indian American composer Reena Esmail drawing on poems from renowned Persian poet and 13th century sage, Rumi

“Sometimes,” by the political composer Fred Rzewski. Inspired by and including the writings of historian John Hope Franklin and the poetry of Langston Hughes

“Cane,” by pianist/composer Jason Moran that chronicles the story of a well-documented matriarch of Moran’s from slavery to freedom

The evening also features readings of Rumi poetry from Haleh Liza Gafori, translator, vocalist, and poet whose translations of Rumi were released in March 2022 in her collection Gold from New York Review Books.

City of Asylum has always been a venue where genres come together and collaborate, so this chamber concert that translates poetry into melody feels like the perfect way to close LitFest 2022. We hope you’ll join us for a dazzling evening.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Sponsored By: 
City of Asylum and Chamber Music Pittsburgh
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