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8 p.m. Yardley Hall

Alex Brown (piano), Lonnie Plaxico (bass), Neal Smith (drums)

The first half of the program will feature each ensemble separately, while the second half will feature the newly commissioned work, Passion for Bach and Coltrane.

Based upon the poety of A.B. Spellman from his book Things I Must Have Known, Imani Winds composer Jeffrey Scott has created Passion for Bach and Coltrane, a work for wind quintet, string quartet, jazz trio and orator. The seven-movement work, anchored by reimaginations of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, explores the influence of spirituality on the art of these two masters and asks the inevitable question — what if J.S. Bach and John Coltrane might chance to meet?

Imani Winds is one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. This Grammy-nominated quintet has carved out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations and inspirational outreach programs.

Harlem QuartetHarlem Quartet expresses boundless energy and contagious enthusiasm as it brings a fresh and upbeat attitude to classical music, whether it’s traditional, modern or influenced by jazz. Their most recent recording, Hot House, with jazz master Chick Corea and percussionist Gary Burton, was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winner.

Friends Hospitality at 6:45 p.m.

Preshow talk at 7 p.m., featuring Dr. Paul Laird of the University of Kansas, Jeff Scott, Imani Winds horn player and composer of "Passion for Bach and Coltrane," and A.B. Spellman, spoken word/orator, whose poetry inspired the piece.

    Arts Education

    Imani Winds and Harlem Quartet
    Music Master Class

    4 - 5:30 p.m., Oct. 31, 2014
    Carlsen Center
    College Conservatory Students

    Location: UMKC Conservatory of Music - Harlem Quartet: Grant Hall, Imani Winds: The Diastole Scholars' Center (The Mary Clark and E. Grey Dimond Scholars’ Center)

    Imani Winds is one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. This Grammy-nominated quintet has carved out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations and inspirational outreach programs.

    Harlem Quartet, equally as successful, brings boundless energy and contagious enthusiasm with a fresh upbeat attitude to classical music, whether it’s traditional, modern or influenced by jazz.

    For more information, email Angel Mercier, Arts Education program director, or call her at 913-469-8500, ext. 4221.