Concert Artists Guild has announced that Imani Winds will receive the inaugural Richard S. Weinert Award for Innovation in Classical Music. Open to CAG roster artists and alumni, this $5,000 award will be given annually to an artist or ensemble with an outstanding proposal for a distinctive project. Imani Winds (2001 CAG Competition laureate) will create a powerful work for wind quintet and steel pans with composer Andy Akiho, designed for performance not only on the concert stage but also outside detention centers.
Imani Winds oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz said, “When we decided to work with Andy Akiho, we knew we had a special kind of alchemy that had the potential to create something larger than the sum of its parts. Andy’s music is powerful in part because of its universality, and if there ever were a place where something positive needed to be heard by everyone it would be in these centers. We will do our best to have this music-making provide strength, compassion, and love to all who hear it.”
CAG is indebted to President Emeritus Richard S. Weinert for his service to CAG since 2000 and is proud to offer this award in honor of him.