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World Premiere of “Deep Rivers” by Acclaimed Composer Mohammed Fairouz to be Performed by Imani Wind

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Concert to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March

Montgomery, AL (November 20, 2014) – ClefWorks, a Montgomery, Alabama nonprofit organization created to promote the education and enjoyment of chamber music will present the World Premiere of “Deep Rivers” by Mohammed Fairouz, a set of songs newly commissioned by the organization for the Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. The performance will be on March 6 at 8PM at the Warehouse at Alley Station in Downtown Montgomery. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and military members and are on sale now at www.cleforks.org.

Written by 28 year-old Arab-American Mohammed Fairouz, “one of the most talented composers of his generation” (BBC World News) and known for his musical diplomacy, the songs will be performed by the GRAMMY-nominated Imani Winds wind quartet and baritone soloist Sidney Outlaw. The texts include poetry by Langston Hughes (The Negro Speaks of Rivers; Let America be America Again), the Black Civil War Soldier’s Chant, and the traditional American spiritual "Deep River" with a new melody by Fairouz.

Five free educational events will occur in conjunction with the World Premiere performance. Imani Winds will perform concerts in area schools on March 4 and conduct a coaching session along with Fairouz for additional Montgomery music performance students on March 5. On March 5 they will also hold a lecture and demonstration for music performance students at Alabama State University called “The Art of the Spiritual", addressing the history of spirituals & their effect on Classical and Contemporary music. After the world premiere Imani Winds will conduct an “informance,” meaning an informal performance for students and parents of Montgomery Music Project on March 7.

For more information on the ClefWorks season please visit www.clefworks.org. 

More about ClefWorks
ClefWorks, Inc. is a nonprofit organization created to promote the education and enjoyment of chamber music through a series of annual performances in Montgomery, Alabama. ClefWorks will feature classically trained musicians from around the world in collaboration with the performing and visual arts. People of all ages, including children and youth, will discover the power of music through innovative, educational programming designed to cultivate appreciation for the arts and humanities while fostering a sense of community among the performers and the audience. For more info visit www.clefworks.org