ClefWorks’ mission is to provide the community with unique opportunities to experience Chamber music in casual, approachable environments and to promote the appreciation of this timeless, yet evolving art form.
To reach this goal, ClefWorks uses a three-pronged approach: our annual Festival Season concerts, our House Concerts as well as other special events and our yearlong Outreach series. Our Outreach concerts in particular are a special and vital part of ClefWorks’ vision as we bring the power of music to life for children in the River Region who are often underserved when it comes to the arts.
As we have done every year since we were founded, ClefWorks included high impact Outreach events during the 2015 Festival season featuring our guest musicians. Imani Winds played for students at Flowers Elementary School, coached students at Baldwin Arts and Magnet and McKee Middle Schools, conducted a session for music students at Alabama State University and performed for students at the Montgomery Music Project. Visiting baritone soloist Sidney Outlaw also worked with students at Huntingdon College and The Montgomery Academy. Similarly, past guests Del Sol, So Percussion, and ETHEL performed for elementary, junior high and high school students from across the city. Concerts in all seasons were interactive and involved question and answer time between musicians and students.
Imani’s residency was highlighted by the World Premiere of Deep Rivers composed by acclaimed young composer Mohammed Fairouz. ClefWorks, with generous support from the JK Lowder Family Foundation, commissioned the piece to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march. Before the premiere, students at Alabama State enjoyed a lecture and demonstration with Imani Winds and Fairouz. Fairouz fielded questions about both the content of the piece and working as a composer.
Since its premiere in Montgomery, Deep Rivers has been premiered on the east coast at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and is slated for a Carnegie Hall premiere in early November.
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